Jesus isn't interested in negotiating terms of surrender with us. He's the victor, winner takes all. His one term of surrender is death. At first it may seem harsh and as if we have lost. But we only win if we surrender our lives to Jesus on his terms. Because in exchange for our dead lives we are given his perfect, indestructible life as our very own.
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Why is it that on the surface we can say amen and agree but when it gets down to the giving up of our desires, rights, comforts and dare I say sins we struggle so? I ask myself this question often.
Sometimes I feel like I go through my life dieing instead of living. But I suppose that's the paradox of eternal life. I'm giving up what looks like life in this world as an investment for life in the promised one. Of course then I look around me and realize I have so much dieing left to do! Oh to live in the power of his life every moment, make it my desire Jesus!