I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Independence foreshadows every individual life. This dramatic process becomes introduced as early in life as infancy and gradually progresses throughout the span of life.
Allow us to travel down "Memory Lane." Beginning with infancy, the major goal in life was having the ability to hold your own bottle. As time advanced, the next major expectancy rested upon learning to speak and walk. Fast forwarding time, the opportunity offered exciting news of a college scholarship. Now, leaving home was no longer a dream, but a reality. Seemingly life consists of moments to separate and fully depend upon yourself.
But, somewhere down the path of life, every person becomes acquainted with the name JESUS CHRIST. And, with this amazing opening, births a decision to either serve Christ or decline the offer. The denial of serving Jesus continues an individual down the life of full dependency on self. But, on the other hand, acceptance brings forth a totally different scenario.
For years many Christians have developed the concept that accepting Christ ends the process of Christianity. On the contrary, the church is missing a very important key. LORDSHIP. Because the Western church has emphasized the work Jesus did for us as Savior rather that HIS position as Lord, lack of submission to HIS position of authority creates a significant fault in our relationship.
We’ve been reared from our youth as self sufficient people. Never depending on anyone else. Our learning point here becomes simple. Christianity differs from anything else in life. After surrendering fully to Christ and committing ourselves to HIM, we accepted to die spiritually to self. Thus, transferring all authority over to the LORD. Depending solely upon HIM.
The question remains, have you totally surrendered everything, your life, family, finances, job, etc… unto the Lord? The Bible gives us a great example in Mark 10:17-27 with the story of, The Rich Young Ruler. “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” (Mark 10:21) God doesn’t want half, HE requires ALL.