Unconditional Surrender

Friday, Nov. 4                         

When a war comes to an end, the result is usually unconditional surrender.  No bargaining, no demands, no strings attached, totally at the mercy of the conqueror.  So it is when we surrender our lives to God at conversion.  Or so it should be.  God doesn’t owe us anything.  We owe Him everything.  Why is it that we act as though we deserve something?  We are called to be servants, but we want to be served.  We were called to suffer, but we will avoid it whenever possible.  We are called to be soldiers, but we don’t let our commander tell us what to do.  There are things we don’t want to give up.  We, in effect, want to straddle the fence.  We want heaven, but we want all the goodies this world offers us, too.  What’s ironic about this is that being a bond servant of Christ is 100% beneficial to us.  After WW I the allied nations did little to help reconstructing the defeated nations, which was a major reason we had a WW II a generation or so later.  The U.S. didn’t do so well after our civil war, either.  But with God, the conquered lost nothing worth keeping and gained everything of eternal value, things that we could never have gained on our own.  As Nate Saint put it—“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  And the tax collector had it right.  “Be merciful to me, a sinner.”

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