The Christian way
“The Christian way is different: harder and easier. Christ says ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time, and so much of your money, and so much of your work: I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it or to stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked- the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will will become yours.’”
From C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”
“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
This new way of life is hard. But it is good. Surrendering the rags I lived in as a slave to sin to gain the pure and spotless robes of Christ’s righteousness. He wants me. All of me. Total surrender is difficult to maintain.
Jesus works on whatever I give up of myself. He takes it and makes it better. But some parts are harder to surrender than others. Like a child with a favorite blankie on wash day, unwilling to let go of the filthy thing I am clinging to, so Jesus can wash it and make it clean again.
Lord Jesus take me from where I am now, the “I surrender most” mentality to a heart and mind that truly says “I surrender all”.