White Flags and Blank Sheets of Paper

Yesterday we sang a great song in church. It was calked, “My heart is yours”. The lyrics in the song say, “take it all, take it all, my heart is yours”. The song ends with the great hymn, “I surrender all”.

We spoke yesterday about surrendering all to God. Many years ago a lady in my church gave me seven small white flags because I talked about surrendering to God in a sermon.

Manley Beasley, a great preacher who is with the Lord now said that we should sign our names on a blank sheet of paper and then ask God to fill in the rest. The principle was total surrender.

Romans 12: 1 and 2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

In the first eleven chapters of the book of Romans, we see doctrine. In chapter twelve, we see duty.

Chapter twelve is about surrender. Paul says “I beg you.” God isn’t going to hit you over the head to get you to surrender. God isn’t going to wrestle you down, twist your arm or force you to surrender. Paul says that we should willingly surrender all to Jesus based on what He has done for us. The Christian who has experienced the mercy, grace and love of God ought to willingly and absolutely surrender all to God.

We are to give our all, to present ourselves as a living sacrifice. This is God’s call to a life of devotion…absolute surrender.

Where are you at on the scale of absolute surrender? What is holding you back to giving yourself totally to God and being sold out, on fire and living for Jesus?

Today, let’s hold up the white flag…let’s sign the blank sheet of paper.

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