Romans 6:13: “Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.”
Pastor Tim finally got to the point in the story of Abraham and Sarah that we have waited weeks to hear—Abraham and Sarah waited years. They finally had a baby, after 25 years of waiting—Isaac! (Gen. 21:1-7) But the faith journey was not complete for them. Rather, in Genesis 22, about 20 years later, the story takes an unexpected and unwanted turn…the sacrifice of Isaac.
What Abraham demonstrated in this story was a faith that at this point in his journey had matured to the point to where he simply did not question/doubt God’s promise. Period!
There may be no more fitting statement in all of Scripture to describe Abraham’s faith on that mountain with his son tied up on an altar with a knife in his hand than 1 Peter 1:6-7:
“Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine (the real deal). It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
How can someone get a faith like that; genuine, pure, strong?
A.W. Tozer said, “The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give God orders, and interfering with His plans in us.”
Is there anything you are all knotted up over, real or potential?
Is it possible that your faith is being tested and more than anything, God is looking for a “surrendered faith”? A faith where you say: “God, I know all I have is a gift from you and I am only a steward of what belongs to you. I am willing to walk up the mountain and lay anything you ask of me on the altar.” He may not want it back; he may just want to know we are willing!
Know this: We will never experience the peace and steadfastness that comes from a deep faith that has scars but no doubts until we surrender everything to him and we live like stewards and not owners.
- I hope this week we can all surrender…..off-loading the “stuff” of life that burdens us down, and giving it to God. As you read this, I’m actually on my own journey of surrender, as I travel with 18 others from River Oaks to go to Haiti. I believe I will have many moments, many opportunities, for surrender. How about you? Maybe you need to surrender not only to God, but gain the accountability of a trusted friend, so that you truly release whatever it is, and not take it back.
- If you’re looking for opportunities to continue to grow in your faith, while connecting with others, plan to attend this Wednesday’s “Doctrine for Dummies” at 7:00pm.
- As you pray this week, please consider the Haiti Missions Team. You can follow our trip via missions.riveroaks.org.
Pursuing a life of surrender,
Adult Ministries Pastor / firstname.lastname@example.org