All of Me
All of Me
Last week I wrote about being consumed with God. I still cannot say the words, “Be Consumed” without tears filling my eyes. Oh, how I want to be consumed. I want to stop letting my wants, my insecurities, my busyness and my fears consume me. (If you have not read last week’s blog, you can find it here… http://wp.me/p3GHip-jy) As I have pondered what it would look like to “Be Consumed”, I have come to the realization that God wants ALL of me! And He wants me to want ALL of Him!
What does that mean? Well, it means…
He doesn’t just want our attention on Sundays.
He wants our time and our attention everyday.
He doesn’t just want us to only spend time with Him in the morning.
He wants us to spend time with Him all throughout our day. He is with us - waiting for our attention.
He doesn’t just want us to act religious – going through the motions.
He wants a deep, intimate relationship with each of us.
He doesn’t just want us to seek His guidance when we have a big problem.
He wants us to seek His guidance in every thought, every word we speak and every action we take.
He wants all of me.
He wants me to want all of Him.
How do we do this? Where do we begin?
We begin by giving up – surrendering our way, our will to Him. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we surrender our life to Him. But that is just the beginning. As we grow in our relationship with Him – we can experience greater surrender. The more of our self that we surrender to Him the more space there is to be filled by the Holy Spirit. This is how we become more and more like Jesus. What does He want? Well, He wants all of me. He wants me to want all of Him – to be completely filled up with Him.
Romans 6:13 says, “And do not present your members (individual parts of the body) as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves (all of me) to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”
In Mark 8:34 Jesus said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself (all of me), and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
And in Galatians 2:20 we read, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no loner I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (all of Him)”
We already have all of Him. He is ours and we can experience Him in a very deep and completely fulfilling way…once we decide to give Him “all of me”. May “all of me” be our prayer, our desire and our commitment. Surrendering all of me will bring about transformation and allow us to experience all of Him in a way we never even imagined.
May 2016 be the year we surrender all of me and truly begin to experience all of Him.