Complete Or Partial Surrender – Ps Kerrin Wallis [17/03/2019 AM]
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
- Have you ever asked foolish questions? e.g Do you want a smack?
- The young man in this scripture asked a good question!
- Jesus’ response indicates he was a sincere questioner, but missed the key point!
- He doesn’t ask what God wants, but a self focused question.
- Jesus changes it to a relationship question. He makes it about love, not rules.
- Jesus focuses on relationship with God – the heart.
- It’s not about the doing, it’s about the heart.
- Our love for God is the most important thing, not our doing…. BUT this is not a licence to live our own way.
- What does it looks like to love God?
God must be top priority
- God can’t come second.
- God is number one regardless of how life works out for us.
- God will not share our status with our pride.
- We can trust God’s love, but we can’t confuse that with Him being in first place.
- God does not share the podium with our lifestyle.
John 12:25 (NIV)
25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
- This is the part that our society hates.
- Absolute truth is rejected by our society.
- That is why the truth of God’s Word is always attacked.
- It’s why people want to choose the bits of God that they want… leave out the Holy, pure stuff and just take what I feel like.
- What is “Spotify Christianity”?
Luke 12:29 (NIV)
29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) – these verses say it best!
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Repentance is the key to regularly choosing God’s way and not my way.
- Repentance kills pride.
- Repentance uncovers sin and weakens its hold.
- Repentance brings light and exposes sin.
- Repentance is surrender to God.
- Repentance enables all the promises God has for us to become a reality.
- Our Surrender needs to be constantly reviewed.
- Daily surrendering!
- Are we fully surrendered?
- Are you fully surrendered?
- Only in complete sacrifice do we find God’s best for our lives and only in complete surrender do we find God’s purpose for our lives.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- God has to be number one regardless of how life works out for us. How do you feel about this?
- Discuss the statement – We can trust God’s love, but we can’t confuse that with Him being in first place.
- What do you think it means when only in complete sacrifice do we find God’s best for our lives and only in complete surrender do we find God’s purpose for our lives?
- Absolute truth is rejected by our society. Do you think this is true?