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Giving Ourselves to God

I’ve been posting about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Paul goes into great detail explaining the importance of His rising from the grave.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58

In the context of this verse, Paul has just told us of the defeat of death and sin.  By rising from the dead, the Lord proved once and for all that they had no hold over Him.

Paul concludes this section by talking about our victory in Christ.  The resurrection is the foundation for our victory in this life.  We know that the victory is ours in Christ, no matter what the situation may look like right at the present moment.

So in this passage, Paul uses the word, therefore.  It’s because we know that Christ is victorious – past, present, and future – that we can give ourselves fully to God.  We already know the outcome, so we can give ourselves willingly.

The problem is that willingly and fully are two very different things.  I can willingly serve God with only part of my life, time, and resources.  The real victory comes when I willingly give all to Christ.

Jesus Christ is returning soon.  The clock is ticking.  God wants to do great things in our generation.  The question is; do I want to be a part of it, or simply watch what happens in the lives of others?

Please understand that this has nothing to do with your abilities.  It has everything to do with your willingness to fully commit your life to God.  The Macedonian churches are a great example of this in the Scripture.

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.  Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.  And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.
2 Corinthians 8:3-5

This is one of the most miraculous verses in the Bible.  How can you ever give beyond your ability?  I don’t know, but that’s Paul’s testimony of what they did.

I believe that the key to all this is found in verse 5.  Paul said that they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us.

Your first calling is not to a church or a ministry.  It’s to God Himself.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t commit yourself to a church.  What I am saying is that committing yourself to a church without first giving yourself to God is counter-productive.

It’s only when you first give yourself to God, that you can accomplish something beyond your ability.  That’s when people notice that it’s God working in you.  Only then will God get the glory from your life, and people will be attracted to the Gospel.

Question: How fully committed is your life to God?

© 2019 Nick Zaccardi

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Ministry, Revival, Spiritual Walk

 

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The Day after the Resurrection

FishingYesterday was Resurrection Sunday.  If you’re like most Christians, you went to church to celebrate this world-changing event.  I hope you had a great time of praise and worship to our God.

My question is this: What happens the next day?  How does the reality of the resurrection of Christ affect the rest of your walk with Him?

Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.  “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
John 21:2-3

This is a very interesting event in the lives of the disciples.  What arrests my attention, is that this happened after the events of the first day of the week.

They decided to go fishing after Mary came running to them with the news that she had seen the risen Lord.  It was also after Jesus came to them in their apartment.  It was after Thomas was told to touch the wounds in Jesus’ hands, feet, and side.

I would understand it if they had not yet know about the resurrection.  But at this point they were well acquainted with the risen Lord.  Why did they go back to the same old routine?  Especially since fishing is what they did before they had even met Jesus.

Where are we today?  Are we stuck in the same old stuff we’ve always been doing?  It’s funny just how like the disciples we seem to be.

It was in this setting that the disciples had another encounter with the risen Lord.  This time He broke into their everyday world and turned it upside down.  They realized that they couldn’t even go fishing without the help of the Lord.

This is the moment when Jesus told Peter, “Feed My sheep.”

Everything changed.  There was no going back.  Because of the resurrection, the very course of their lives was changed.

What about us?  Yesterday, we celebrated the Risen Lord.  How does it affect us today?  How can we live a “normal” life knowing what Christ has accomplished?

Allow the truth of the resurrection to fill your thoughts.  Don’t just consign it to one Sunday a year.  Let it set you on a new course.  A course that will turn the world upside down.

Question: How does the resurrection of Christ affect what you do today?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Encouragement

 

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