He wants all of us.
For a long time I thought giving God most of me was good enough. I thought since I have a great prayer life, I’m involved in a ministry every week at my church, I have a blog site, I thought I was doing “okay”. It felt spiritually like I kept hitting a wall but there was always that “thing” that kept me from maturing in my faith. I couldn’t figure out what to give up. Every time that I would go in prayer, I would ask the Lord, show me what I need to give up.
I’ve heard the song “Have it All”, I’ve read the scriptures about giving God your all. The rich young ruler, The surrendering aspect of it was the part I was trying to figure out myself. From your attitude to your finances, He wants to be involved in every detail. It’s not just the parts we allow Him, He wants control of it all.
James 4:7 “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
This particular verse I still speak out whenever the enemy tempts me. But it’s not only used for being tempted. “Submit to God” should tell you that whether the enemy is shooting fiery darts or not, we should always “submit to God”
The pride of life springs up whenever you think about handing anything over to someone else. When I was young, just starting out with having my first job. My dad would help me with my finances. Why? I needed help and he was awesome at taking care of his own. I’ve never seen anyone like him that can make a dollar stretch and so disciplined with his own finances. It was hard to hand him over the money that I worked hard for. I had to form a trust, and since then I have learned the value of trust and surrendering.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
How much do you trust God? Would you go as far as sacrificing your son? Or daughter? Look at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. As soon as Abraham raises the knife, an angel of the lord shouted “Do not lay a hand on the boy, now I know that you fear the Lord, because you have withheld from me your son, your only son.”
God tests us, He sees how much we are willing to give up. Have you gave up everything? Have you decreased so He can increase? If not, I pray that you will make that choice today. God doesn’t want partial obedience. Its all or nothing. Don’t give God parts of you, for He has not given us parts of Him.