The Real Question

choosing“Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:15 (NIV)

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After we become a Christ follower, we can either incorporate our faith as a component of our life…or we can radically change our life and place Christ at the center.

Those who choose the first option are merely adding a new dimension to their life. This new dimension is going to church on Sunday and perhaps a small group or Bible study during the week. Their life may change in certain ways so that it is “cleaned up”, but the basic orientation of their life is unchanged.

Their life is oriented around their own goals and desires.

These are self-controlled Christians.

Then there are those who come to faith in Jesus and recognize that their lives need to be under the control of Christ. They not only “clean up” portions of their life… they surrender their lives.

This is radically different.

Instead of adding a Christian component to their lives, these believers radically reorient their lives to make Jesus the center of their lives.

This is the Christ-centered life.

The reality is that completely surrendering our lives takes time and is a process. But those who are Christ-centered have made the critical decision to give control over to Him, while those who are self-centered stubbornly refuse to let go of their control.

How do we know whether we’ve given control over to Jesus or not? The answer is found by examining various aspects of our lives.

We’ll be doing that over the next several days.

But for today, the important question is…are you willing to give control of your life over to God?

It is a critical question that few take adequate time to consider…let alone answer directly. Most avoid the question all together, which usually means answering the question with a “no”.

Considering the question involves serious examination of our real motives and deepest goals for our life, and a willingness to let them go.

It is being willing to die to yourself.

It is a question only you can answer.

And a question that will have profound impact on your life.

If you haven’t already answered the question, it’s a good idea to take plenty of time to consider and answer the question for yourself.

Prayer: Lord, help me consecrate my life to You!

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