Question & Answer Part 7

This week we will continue to deal with the answer to this question:

How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?

So far we have discovered that the way to completely surrender your will to Jesus is to make the choice to give Jesus control of your will on a daily basis. This choice makes everything new because it gives Jesus the right and the power to set us free from the old master (sinful flesh) and empower us to walk in the power and purpose of the new master (God).  Jesus tells us what the new purpose of our new master is in Matthew 6:24 & 31-33 where He said:

6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon…  6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.   6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Emphasis supplied).

Jesus makes it clear that when God is our master our only purpose in life is to advance the kingdom of God by reproducing His righteousness in our lives. In Luke 9:23&24 Jesus tells us what we must do in order to accomplish that purpose. It reads:

9:23 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.  9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  (Emphasis supplied).

Jesus tells us here that in order to fulfill the purpose of God for our lives we must be willing to take up our cross daily so we can lose our old life which was controlled by sinful flesh (Satan) and gain a new life in Him which is controlled by the Holy Spirit (God).

The way you can tell that you have made this transformation from death (walking in the flesh) to life (walking in the Spirit) is because your single purpose in life is to advance the kingdom of God on earth by reproducing God’s righteousness in your life.

This brings us back to what the apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 5:17&18:

5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   5:18  And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (Emphasis supplied).

Paul calls this new purpose the ministry of reconciliation. He goes on to describe more fully what that ministry involves by saying:

5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in himII Corinthians 5:19-21 (Emphasis supplied).

In summary, the only way to surrender your will to Jesus daily is to make the choice to give Jesus control of your will on a daily basis. The way to know that you are making that choice daily is that your purpose in life is the same purpose that Jesus expressed to His disciples when He said:

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34

This does not mean that we will all do the same thing but it does mean that whatever we do we will do it by the same power (the Holy Spirit) and for the same purpose (the ministry of reconciliation). This is what it means to be ambassadors for Christ.

Next week I am going to discuss the third and final part of the answer to the question:

How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?

Until then I leave you with this portion of Scripture to ponder and pray over:

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.  (Emphasis supplied).