I wanted to just give you two pictures that have been very helpful to me. One is a blank check. And this blank check, for many of you, this will be the first time…
And I want to tell you. This… Please do not hear everything will be easy and wonderful and great. In fact, many of you will be tested. Abraham didn’t take a rubber knife up there. It may get worse before it gets better. But long before Dr. Phil, the Holy Spirit would say, “Well, how’s it working for you your way?”
And today, Pay to the Order of Jesus Christ. And there’s a date, and you’ll write today’s date and then you’ll sign your name. And there’ll be a sense of fear in your heart, but it’ll be a step of faith and you’ll say, “I’m all in, God. You can cash this. You can cash this with my future, You cash this with my relationships, You cash this with my finances, You cash with my career, You cash it with my geography. I will do whatever You want me to do. I believe You’re that good and that kind. And I actually believe that You can pick out what’s better for me than I could pick out for me.”
Do you see how arrogant it is when we say to God, “Oh, I want Your forgiveness and Your salvation, but I’ll run my life because I’m way smarter than You. I mean, You created the universe, but look at me.”
So I really want you to think risk, reason, the decision-making process.
I came across a small excerpt of a prayer by a lady named Ruth Myers. And just lean back – you can even shut your eyes – when you think about what it means for you to sign this check in just a moment, think of a prayer that might go something like this.
“Lord, I’m Yours. Whatever the cost may be, Your will be done in my life. I realize that I’m not on earth to do my own thing or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I’m not here to indulge my desires or increase my possessions or to impress people; to be popular or to prove I’m somebody important or to promote myself. I’m not even here to be relevant and successful by human standards. I’m here on this earth to please You. And so now I offer myself to You, for You are worthy. All that I am or hope to be, I owe to You. I am Yours by creation and I’m Yours by the purchase price of Your Son on the cross that paid for my sin.”
“And so, right now, I give You my body and each of its members, my entire inner being. I give You my mind, my emotional life, my will, my loved ones, my marriage or my hope for marriage. I give You right now my abilities and my gifts, my strengths and my weaknesses, my health and my status – whether it be high or low. I give You my possessions, my past, my present, and my future. And I even give You when You want to bring me home to be with You. I’m here to love You and to obey You and to glorify You.”
You ready to take that step? It’ll be the greatest decision you ever, ever make.
via How to Give God What He Wants the Most, Part 2.
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