In order for our lives to truly reflect Christ God must take his rightful place in our life.
God must be in complete control and we must be in complete surrender.
We must empty ourselves. We are like vessels that get filled up with whatever we put in them. And it’s hard to fill or add anything to a vessel that is already full.
God doesn’t want you drunk because when you are alcohol has the ability to control you. And this applies to anything that has the power to put you under its influence —sex, money, success, fear, entertainment, status, relationships, etc.
And God needs to be in full control, not some substance. And we need to be in full surrender to God.
But if we are drunk with wine or anything else instead of filled with the spirit, God is not in control and we are not in full surrender.
So when Jesus says that you cannot serve two masters because loving one you will hate the other it’s because there is a give and take relationship. As you love God he fills you more, and as he fills you more, you love him more. But as you love something else like money more, you hate God more, and as you hate money more, you love God more.
It almost like currency. Let’s say you have 100 coins. You go out and spend those coins at the arcade. It was fun but now they’re gone. You can’t turn around and spend them again at the food store. And by spending your at the arcade you have shown where your priorities are.
Luckily we CAN take back our love. If we have given to the wrong things we can take it back and give it to Jesus by the power of His spirit.
We can’t straddle the fence. Can’t have one foot in a life of self indulgence in disobedience to God and one foot in pursuit of a surrendered heart to God. Revelations calls that lukewarm (revelation 3:16) and God is disgusted with lukewarm. God wants sold out, surrendered people that love and enjoy him.
John practiced this. He loved Jesus so much that he wanted to humble himself and fade away into obscurity so that Jesus could shine brighter (John 3:30).
That’s the attitude we need to live with — more Jesus, less of me.
- What area of your life do you need to surrender?
- Are you making time for God to speak to you of things that are consuming you?