SCRIPTURE: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23-24.THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To give your life to Christ is to hand over the control of your life to Him.
Many times, after a message is preached in church, an altar call is always made for people to give their lives to Christ. At times, we ask someone, ‘Have you given your life to Christ?’ and we get, YES, as response, but in the real sense, many of us do not even know what it means to give one’s life to Christ. This is because the lifestyles of those who claim to have given their lives to Christ contradict their profession of Christ. So, there is a need to understand what it means by giving one’s life to Christ. Now, what does it mean to give your life to Christ?
i) It means, to relinquish the control of your life to God To give your life to Christ is to hand over the control of your life to Him.
ii) It means, He has the final say over your life To give your life to Christ is to let Him have the final say over all the affairs of your life.
iii) It means, you cease to live for yourself To give your life to Christ is to cease living for yourself and start living for Christ alone. That is to say, if it is not for Christ, there is no need to live (Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20).
iv) It means, Christ has the title deed of your life He has the full ownership of your life just the way someone possesses a certificate of occupancy over a land. There is no part of you that is owned by yourself; Jesus owns everything about you. Beloved, looking at the points listed above, the question is, have you given your life to Christ? Make up your mind today to live solely for Christ and Christ alone.
To give your life to Christ is to hand over the control of your life to Him. Go through the message of today again. Decide to live solely for Christ from today henceforth.
PRAYER: O Lord, I relinquish the ownership of my life to You. Take full control of my life from today, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 23:1 to 25:19, Luke 10:13 to 37, Psalm 75:1 to 10, Proverbs 12:12 l to 14.
QUOTE: It is wise men who seek Jesus; it is foolish men who seek their own ambition. Culled from REASON FOR LIVING by Dr Paul Enenche.