“ Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? “
We have been taught to withhold, not surrender, to obtain, to earn, to receive. Our will is always to prevail. But in fact, either we surrender to sin, to death, or we surrender to obedience, which leads to righteousness for life. And there is no neutrality, there is no way to stand on the wall, because the wall is in the territory of death.
When we surrender to our will, to do what we want, to have or to be something we crave, that`s the attitude of Adam when he separated from God and experienced death, spiritual and then physical death. On the contrary, when we surrender to obedience by faith in Jesus Christ, we experience righteousness of God through the crucified body of Christ and His shed blood, and this brings us to life.
In this way in faith in the crucified Jesus Christ, we also experience a cross as well, which is to deny ourselves and follow the way of the cross.
The way of the cross is one of pure surrender. Jesus surrendered, surrendered, submitted to the obedience. So this also happen , we surrender, surrender, submit to the Lord, and this brings us to life.
John the Baptist testified of this, declaring, “He should grow, and I should decrease.”
The way of the cross, we surrender, surrender and submit ourselves to the Lord in obedience, we will diminish and the life of Christ will grow in us.
To surrender, to surrender, to submit to the reigning Lord, is to lose to win. To lose, by faith in Christ Jesus, our selfish will, our natural inclination to sin, surrendering in submission, emptying, stripping of all one’s natural being. This is diminishing and thus gaining true righteousness by faith, which is His life in us.
He is the King of kings, He is the Lord of lords, who came here to reign announcing the Kingdom of God, came without a human crown, came to reign without army and weapons, went on foot, or rode on a colt, but was rejected and killed. On the cross. But He rose again, overcoming death, and will soon return. He will return in glory to reign for 1000 years. The earth will know the reign of peace and justice, never before experienced.
Now, by faith, surrendering to the Lord Jesus, surrendering, humbling ourselves, submitting to His reign, we are losing to gain, and we continue on this path of the cross, suffering with Him, so that we may also be exalted with Him. Your come!