We often sing songs about our need of God, wanting more of Him, more of Jesus. Why is that our heart’s cry? Because we want our needs and desires met and have come to understand Jesus is the only way to have them fulfilled.
More of Jesus equates to more abundant living. There are some great songs out there, but many do not tell us how to get more of Him. Recently, the Lord showed me:
If I want more of Jesus, then I will have to give Him more of me.
Intimacy with the Creator of our souls has a price attached. God was the first to pay with the sacrifice of His Son—a humongous one at that. Now we need to follow suit. We don’t like the words sacrifice, surrender, cost, or suffering, yet they are at the core of Christian living. If we want to live a full life we must live the way the Author of life says.
As previously mentioned in past blogs and in my free E-Book, the abundant life is a byproduct of being and remaining in a right relationship with Christ. We need to nurture and deepen that relationship with our Savior if we want more of what that love relationship brings.
To enter into a right relationship with God, we simply but humbly need to receive the free gift offered to us through the sacrificial work of Christ. We receive it by admitting our need of a rescue and relinquishing control over to Him.
Remaining in a right relationship requires that we continue to surrender moment by moment—no matter what that means; no matter what He allows into our lives. Now that’s hard! Sacrifice always is.
Yet whether it’s persecution, health issues, relational conflicts, the loss of a loved one, etc., we are to work toward yielding to His plan. Accepting even when we don’t understand and to do so without complaining.
I said work toward because God knows we cannot usually do this immediately and perfectly. What He desires is that we strive to get to that place. Even Jesus struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane. Since Christ never sinned, we can deduce that struggling doesn’t necessarily mean we’re sinning. Throughout Scripture, it has always been about our hearts.
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22)
God is the One who called him that, not David himself.
It takes continual intentionality and effort to cultivate this love relationship with Jesus. God is always bringing us new challenges, new difficulties, and new pains which tend to make us self-focused and unyielding. It can be such fight to keep that intimacy; to not let the circumstances, others, or our emotions pull us away from living life God’s way; to not revert to our old way of thinking and acting. It’s so hard being a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) because we keep trying to get off the altar![link]
Nonetheless, this is a battle worth fighting! Intimacy with my Lord means everything to me. I hope it is for you as well—or that you’re at least working toward that goal.
Surrender is the gateway to getting more of Jesus—more of what you and God want. God will help you yield and He’ll be worth it!
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