Good Monday Morning Coffee conversation everyone! It’s another week and here is another encouraging conversation to get your day and week started. So if you are ready, then grab something to drink and let’s get into it.
Who has your heart?
In today’s conversation I would like to discuss the blessing of the surrendered life. Today’s conversation comes out of book that I am currently reading called “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer. In chapter two, Tozer gives some wonderful insight of the greatest trial that Abraham had to go through which was him obeying the instruction’s of God which were, he had to take his son to a specific place and sacrifice his son Isaac there. As a parent I could only imagine how Abraham felt but he obeyed God to the point where the knife in his hand was ready to execute his son. We all know what happen next though. Abraham was instructed not to kill his son and he and his son was able to continue life together. The important thing that A.W. Tozer wrote that caught my attention was what God’s response to Abraham was. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”, God said many awesome things to Abraham but this blessing stood out to me because Abraham’s obedience was a blessing to the whole world.
Tozer explains that God seen imperfection in Abraham’s heart which was his love for his son that was now in competition with his love for God. Now I am not saying that is exactly what the scriptures say but in Genesis 22: 16 it does say “because though hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son”. This scripture could suggest that God wanted to make sure that there was no one challenging Abraham devotion’s to God Himself. Also in the book it basically explains our main issue is not owning and enjoying possessions but it is when these possessions own us. So in chapter two of “The Pursuit of God”, Tozer is telling us that we have to make sure that our hearts are free from idols, and the only why we can overcome this problem is by understanding nothing is really ours. All is God’s!
In the book of Job 41:11, God tells Job “who shall prevent me, that I shall repay him? Whatever is under heaven is mine.” Wow! After God put Job in his place God blessed Job once again. I have heard that one of the reasons why God allowed Satan to wreck Job’s life is because in Job 3:25 Job says “For the very thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”. Perhaps God saw this fear as an idol in the heart of such a righteous man that maybe God needed to break his heart to make his heart perfect towards Him. Now perhaps when God restored him and gave him “double for his trouble”, things and people would not have a higher place in his heart than God. Maybe you may be thinking to yourself, “well what is wrong with loving your family”? There is nothing wrong with loving your family and there is nothing wrong with enjoying things but are they kept in their proper place.
In Matthew 19, Jesus meets a young man who had many possessions. This young man asked Jesus what should he do to inherit eternal life and Jesus tells him to keep the commandments in which the man says, I have kept them from my youth. Then the man asks “what lack I yet”? Jesus tells him that if you would like to be perfect then sell everything, give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, then follow me. Unfortuately the young man left sad because he did not want to let go of his things. Then Peter of course sees this and says “Behold we have forsaken all and followed thee”. Jesus tells him that everyone who has basically left everything for him will have treasure in heaven and eternal life. So from these scripture I gather that the person who is willing to part with everything will be perfect in the eyes of God because their devotion to Him out ranks anything else.
The blessing of the surrender life.
So you may still wonder about the blessing part. Let me remind you of Abraham who was willing to kill his son. God said because you did this thing, all nations will be blessed. You see there are so many people who are connected to your obedience. Whether it may be your children, family, neighborhood, or much more, when your devotion to God is pure then God can do so much through you. A life that is surrender to God is not held back by people, situations, and things. If you are not willing to let go of the things that God is asking you to let go of then you are not totally surrendered to God and thus you are limiting the work that God wants to do in your life. I believe that God starts in the little things to teach us how to obey His voice. Abraham was told to leave the land of his nativity and go to a place that He would show him. If Abraham was not willing to obey God at that point, then I do not believe Abraham would have been willing to do go to the place where God told him to sacrifice his son. So God is looking for fully committed believers that He can move in them and through them as He pleases. Maybe He is asking you to created scared space just for you and Him, may be He wants you to relocate to another location, or maybe He wants you to give more. What He is asking is important so do it quickly because God needs to stretch your faith but if you are slow to obey then of course other things will be delayed.
So in conclusion, a perfect heart in God’s eyes is a surrendered heart. A person with a perfect devotion to God understands that he or she owns nothing, not even themselves and all is the Lords to do as He wishes. May we all be this devoted to our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name! Amen! So with that said, Remember, take it one day at a time and stay encouraged in the Lord!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation. I hope this conversation blessed, inspired, encouraged, and challenged you. You you enjoyed today’s conversation then please like👍, subscribe, comment, and share down below. Thank you again! Have a beautiful, blessed day and bye for now👋!
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