I surrender all

 

All to Jesus I Surrender

 

For me to love God with all my heart is to have my will and my spirit entirely set on the accomplishment of what is good for God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33  ESV

I want to be able to say, “There isn’t anything in my life at this point that I would prefer over what is good for God.”  What is good for God is not that hard to figure out and the basic sense of what is good and right helps me understand that. I want to hang out with people who love God with all their heart and who are totally devoted to what is good for God.

If Jesus and His disciples were kingdom minded then I need to find myself there too. I am not too sure that I am getting too much help in this area from the Church – cannot remember the last time I heard a sermon that taught me how.

I believe I understand what my goals are:

  • Maturity – growing in knowledge and experience
  • Ministry – by means of serving as Jesus did
  • Mission – raising up other disciples
  • Multiplication – reproducing more disciples

I also understand that God did not save me or bless me merely for my own. He did because as His disciples I am to be like an advertising agency of the kingdom of God. I believe He wants me to make the kingdom attractive, not just in the sense of admiration but drawn because of how His disciples look and live as representatives of that kingdom.

This is what makes a disciple from others who think they are disciples – they seek God first. God becomes a priority.

Wealth is definitely an issue here. The first part of Matthew six was about the sincerity of being a disciple and here God is calling me to be single minded.

To give up my possessions does not mean I have to give everything away. Giving them away does mean however that I no longer consider anything as my own. It means that as long as I do not believe that everything I have belongs to Jesus I may not be His disciple.

 

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Church discipline

 

I Surrender – Hillsong Worship

 

Not sure I like the words “church discipline” as I probably would prefer surrendering to Jesus first before putting my life in the hands of the church. The apostle Paul spends some time on this, in particular, with the church in Corinth as they required it.

Actually, there is an important relationship between the ministries of discipline and evangelism. It would seem they occupy the flip sides of a coin.

“Evangelism ministers to those outside the church who are in bondage to sin. Congregational discipline ministers to those within the church who are in bondage to sin” – Laney

It would also appear that discipline sides with discipleship.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—  not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. – 1 Corinthians 5:9-11  ESV

My thoughts would rest on this word that would require the most discipline – PRIDE.

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
    let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter – Psalms 59:12  ESV

 

 

 

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