The following verses (part of today’s set text), from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians 5:14-21, are really worth your time thinking about (NIV): ” … For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I’ve highlighted the bits I like – I think it’s so fantastic to know that Jesus does not count our sins – against us.
Selwyn continues his discussion on what it means to fully surrender our ‘self’ to God. And, it’s an on-going surrender – it’s something we have to constantly review to make sure that nothing of our self, is plotting to undermine our 100% allegiance to God.
Consequently, I think the example Selwyn gives in his conclusion, is one worth following: “One person I know explains how he maintains a continuous attitude of surrender. ‘I begin every day by spending some time sitting in God’s presence. After studying His Word, I invite Him to show me if there are any barriers preventing His grace coming through. Mostly nothing is shown me, and by faith I take it that the doors of my soul are open to Him.
Sometimes He does show me a hindrance, fear or jealousy. I repent and ask for forgiveness, resolve to put things right, and, after a time of intercession, I go out into the day, serene and secure.’ “
The main point is that we should have some, regular way of maintaining a continuous attitude of surrender – prayer is always involved; as is, the daily process of living for Him.