217 - The Man in Room 3330
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Tuesday, June 18 2013 00:00|
Word had spread throughout the hospital about Ken, the upbeat 80 year old man in room 3330. His buoyant, cheerful attitude was infectious among the hospital staff. Ken was my best friend. We had lunch weekly for 32 years.
He said, "Well, I've heard about you around the hospital, and I'd like to know how it is that you, at your age, with the difficulties you're having, can be so upbeat and cheerful?"
Surrender versus Commitment
Adrian Rogers, a famous 20th century Baptist pastor, once went on a mission trip to Romania. Over the course of two weeks he bonded with his interpreter, but hadn't learned much about his thoughts. So toward the end of the trip he asked, "Tell me, what do you think of American Christians?"
The Act of Surrender
Have you truly surrendered--not just committed--your life to Jesus Christ? Maybe you have "prayed a sinner's prayer," maybe not. Maybe you surrendered in the past, but you have taken back control of your life. In any case, be sure to settle this issue before you set down this book.
Lord Jesus, I need You in my life right now more than I ever have. I have very little joy, peace, and passion in my life. I confess that I have been trying to have the best of both worlds, that I have been double-minded, and that I have been seeking the God I have wanted and not the God who is. I am so sorry, and I repent. Please forgive me. Thank You for loving me so much that You would die for all of my sins so that I can have eternal life. By faith I receive (or renew) my salvation and surrender my life to You. Take control of my life. Make me into the kind of man that You want me to be. I pray this in Your name, Jesus, and for Your glory. Amen.
If you've just surrendered or re-surrendered your life, congratulations. The surrendered life is the foundation under everything. Let me add one suggestion. Because I am a rebel, as most men are, I realized that I must each day come humbly to the foot of the Cross in a spirit of repentance and faith, and once again make a full, total, complete surrender of my life to the Lordship of Jesus. That's the deal. Let me encourage you to also practice daily surrender. If someone forwarded this article to you, let them know if you surrendered your life. In any case, be sure to get with some other surrendered men and figure out how they do it.