by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” (1 Peter 2:11, NIV)
This week we are looking at the nature of being called by Jesus. Jesus calls you in the midst of your daily life, but wants to transform you by teaching you how to live for Him. Once you make the commitment to live for Him, He gives you His light to scatter the darkness and illuminate your life. Today, we will look at how once we begin this new life, we are called to surrender.
Surrender carries some negative connotations, doesn’t it? It sounds like giving up or giving in. Surrender from a spiritual point of view is entirely different, though. One way to look at surrender in the Bible is to let Jesus take your place. Think about that! This gives new meaning to what Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NIV). When you surrender to your sinful desires (as Peter put it in today’s verse) and allow Jesus to take your place, He leads, guides, and directs your very life.
What do you need to surrender to Jesus today? In what way does He need to take your place as you seek to live for Him? Thinking back to the daily water last week about new virtues, how can Jesus help you put on humility over pride; kindness over envy; abstinence over gluttony; chastity over lust; patience over anger; generosity over greed; and diligence over laziness?
Surrender to Jesus, and allow Him to take your place so it is no longer you who lives, but Him living through you.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your love and mercy. I know Jesus took my place on the cross, and He wants to take my place in the areas that cause me problems. Help me surrender to you, so your Son, and my Savior, can take my place and help me live for you. I ask this in His holy name. Amen.