Surrendering Our Will
Psalm 143:10; Luke 11:2; Psalm 40:8; 1 Samuel 15:22b
INTRODUCTION: Bruce Larson tells how he helped people who were struggling to surrender their lives to Christ:
For many years I worked in New York City and counseled at my office any number of people who were wrestling with this yes-or-n decision. Often I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue. In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden. 'Now that's one way to live,' I would point out to my companion, 'trying to carry the world on your shoulders. But now come across the street with me.'
"On the other side of Fifth Avenue is a church, and there behind the high altar is a little statue of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort He is holding the world in one hand. My point was illustrated graphically.
"We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, 'I give up, Lord; here's my life. I give you my world, the whole world.'"1
You don't need to raise your hands, but I wonder how many here this morning can identify what that story; you feel like you are carrying the whole world on your shoulders?
Maybe you need to come to Christ...you have never given Him your life--you need to be saved? I don't know of a greater burden than that. (Remember the title of our message this morning, "Surrendering Our Will.")
Possibly I am speaking to some Christians this morning, and you are carrying this burden of needing to surrender your will. It could be the one thing keeping you from God's blessings in your life. The more you try to avoid it, the more it bothers you. The more you try to sweep it under the rug, the more the Lord remin ...
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