Faith Without Surrender is Like No Faith

Weekly Digest - Wed, 28 Feb, 2018

As we engage on the problem of unbelief in our preaching conversation today, it seems safe and appropriate to make a definitive statement that is profound and worth deep reflection. The statement to ponder is as follows: “Faith in Jesus Christ without absolute surrender to Him in every area of our life is like no faith at all.” Many of us in the church would claim that we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, whereas it is a mere pep talk without substance of backing it up with our action. To everyone who genuinely wants to come to Him, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:23-25). This is Jesus’ understanding of us having a personal relationship with Him and being His disciples and followers. Anything short of that is not good enough. It is not surprising that one of Jesus’ early 12 disciples later has this statement to say in the book by His name, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). This statement is not to be interpreted as if we work for salvation because as per Apostle Paul, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). In order not to be confusing ourselves or the world that is watching us as Jesus’ ambassadors, having been genuinely saved and redeemed by His grace, our new life in Him ought to produce good works that reflect a changed life in view of His Holy Spirit now living inside us. (Ephesians 2:10). He is our enabler producing the fruit of righteousness in and through us. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things three is no law.” No one who really knows and relates to Jesus would perpetually be living in disobedience, contrary to the divine nature of Christ Himself. Which areas of your life do you to let go and surrender to Jesus today?                                                                                                                                            Dr. Johnson Omoni