Raise the white flag to surrender! While in war and combat, this could mean an end to the killing and be the path for warriors to end their deployment. In faith, it means even more. No one wants to go to hell, and everybody wants to go to heaven. This desire reveals the need for hope, but sadly, many may profess faith and walk an aisle in order to not go to hell and never really change. For many, Christianity is simply saying a prayer to punch a ticket to heaven and then they live however they want. Sadly, they are misinformed.
Confession and repentance are essential for salvation. A genuine believer who has been transformed by Christ will follow Christ and obey His teachings. When we are baptized we demonstrate a heart that is surrendered to Christ and a life that has been changed from the inside out. Literally, genuine salvation transforms us into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If we believe this, our lives should reflect a humble spirit that submits all things to Christ. Every relationship, our work, every decision, and our future are surrendered to Christ. We seek His will in prayer. Faith and living for Christ is a 24/7/365 adventure and not simply relegated to Sunday morning from 11:00-Noon; or 12:15 if the preacher is long-winded like me.
Please evaluate today if there are areas in your life that you are struggling to surrender to Him. He desires to consume every part of your life, and I promise that He is able to do a better job than you. Our desire to control situations reveals in us the need for continued sanctification. He must increase and I must decrease.