Selwyn makes another good point in today’s study – the nature of our relationship with God – is continuous. It’s a relationship that must be evident for every moment of our lives, and not reserved for just a few hours on a Sunday.
If you only seek God’s involvement in your life, for a short time, once a week; then how deep can that type of relationship be?
Selwyn introduces today’s study with these words: “We talked yesterday about the need for repentance and surrender when we feel ourselves lacking in spiritual power. It is important to point out that surrender is not once-and-for-all; surrender must be continuous. … Surrender is done, and yet it is never done – it is continual yielding. … In our relationship with Christ … we surrender and keep on surrendering.”
As Paul says in his letter to the Romans (12: 1, NLT): “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
The giving of ourselves to God – is a living sacrifice: as we live each day, so too, we offer ourselves for God’s service – each and every day. Every moment of every day is lived, following Jesus – it is total and continuous surrender – there can be no exceptions. His love for us is so great that He always provides assistance to enable us in our daily sacrifice. We also have the promise that He will never ask us to do anything that is impossible (for His Spirit to achieve through us), nor will He overwhelm us with burdens. [Matthew 11:29-30: “ … Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”