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This is the third installment of our Guard Your Heart series. This week we learn that the best way to guard your heart is to give it fully to God.
We all have areas of our lives that we seem to need to be in control. As Christians we can not follow Jesus and be in control. We must surrender to the Lord that will provide.
Truth is we all have giants – each in different shapes, sizes and colors – that seek to intimidate us and master us! But is killing giants and developing a giant-killing strategy the main lesson we are to take away from this account?
Christ is called the cornerstone because He is the foundation on which we must build our lives on if we are to enjoy eternal life. As we build on this foundation, we become imitators of Christ, becoming more like Him every day. But for this glorious transformation to happen, our old selves must be put away and the new man will be created in it's place, a glorious joy that will become an eternal blessing.
Jesus taught a foundational principle of Christian living in this passage - death to self. D.L. Moody once said, "The world has yet to see what God can do through one man fully surrendered to Him." Moody endeavored to be that man. Unfortunately, "Cultural Christiainty" in America has eroded into a superficial substitute. It is a religion of convenience and knows very little about sacrifice. We have nice things but no heart for God. However, we are not without hope; Jesus gave us the remedy through a simple illustration of a seed being planted into the ground. That seed is our life and the result is an increase that bears much fruit.
The Israelites are a warning to us: Obedience to God is not what we do in order to get what we want from Him. Obedience is trust in His outcome.
The hardest word for us is this - to lay down our life. Oh, it's easy to talk about it in theory, in the abstract, in the uncertain future. But to actually take steps today to surrender my life to Jesus and allow Him to live in and through me? That is another matter altogether yet it is essential.
Like the children of Israel, we too often find ourselves in exile, being where we don't want to be with people we don't like facing circumstances that drive us crazy. Will we give up, lie to ourselves, fight and scheme or live in Christ's hope?
This week Pastor Tim Osborn continues our series on The Lord's Prayer with his talk titled "Allegiance & Surrender." He speaks to us today from Matthew 6:10.
God is continually working, pecking away at my eternal shell, trying to reach me so I can enter into a continuous, personal, intimate, loving relationship with Him. We continue our journey through the Bible (we’re on week 16 of our 32 week series), we will gain a greater appreciation of the prophets.