“I remember when I first began to understand this principle of living alive to give. I had given my life to Christ and asked Him to be my Savior. I knew my sins were forgiven, but I felt something was still not right. I was busy doing a lot of things for God, but felt weary of doing them. I was alive in Christ, but not thriving in Christ.
One night in my college small group God revealed how He wanted me to live alive in the fullness of life that Christ secured for me. What was missing was that I was not giving all of me to Him. What God really wanted was me—every bit of me, all the time.
I was wanting God to do great things for me, but not allowing Him to work through me. That was a defining moment in my life. I offered up my entire life as a living sacrifice for Him. I wanted Him to use all of me.
Jesus will always lead you to the point where He wants you to let go of your agenda, will, resources, and live in surrender to Him. As you open your life in surrender, you enter a place where you are now open to receive all that God wants to do in you and through you. When your hands are open you let go of the things that ultimately had a hold on you.
Since that day of commitment, I have constantly sought to be completely God’s. As with everyone who makes that decision, it hasn’t always been easy. But the bottom line is that when He taps me on the shoulder, like He did regarding being a pastor at a small church in West Volusia, I know He had great things He wanted to do through me.
What I have discovered is that I can always trust God. The more I surrender to Him the more He blesses my life. You can never out give God. If you get your life in a position of surrender, you have no clue all that God will do through you.God always takes care of the one who lives for His purposes and for His glory.”
Excerpt From ~ 40 Days 2019 • Live Alive.
the Journey Church – Pastor James Hilton