Thur., Mar. 24/22
When we come to Jesus Christ we come to Him as a last resort. I do not necessarily mean we come to Him only because we have tried everything else and failed, although that may indeed be one’s case. But one need not have done so. One may not yet have tried other things that might have entered one’s mind to try but instead had the insight to see that coming to Christ straightaway was the wisest and most ultimate resource to which to appeal. So when I say “last resort” I mean one comes to He Who most certainly can provide the needed remedy, the same Source to which those in last resort may appeal.
When we come to Christ so utterly we agree with Him regarding our undeserving sinful state, far, far indeed from being holy, and covenant obey Him and make Him Lord. He gives us His life, and we give Him ours… our body, mind and will.
This in itself is an act of will. It is a decision, and rational decisions are reached in the mind and heart but the will is the thing that says “I agree to it!” It is a momentous decision, because thereafter the will itself must move aside. It says though I feel in my emotion this, though my body may be weak thus, though my mind does not understand, nevertheless “Not my will but Thy will be done.”
Oswald Chambers says this,
“Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of the will, not of emotion; any positive emotion that results is simply a superficial blessing arising out of the transaction. If you focus your attention on the emotion, you will never make the transaction.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 17 entry.
Thereafter there can be no discussion. The Christian obeys His Lord. Paul obeyed, having “no rest,” “harassed at every turn,” “conflicts outside,” “fears within,” “downcast” (2 Cor. 7:5-6). The Christian, once certain of his Lord’s command, obeys.
The Christian’s body is no longer his own: “…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice… You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
The Christian’s mind is no longer his own: “..be transformed by the renewing of your mind… have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Rom. 12:2; Phil. 2:5b).
The Christian’s decisions are made not by emotion or self-will, but by surrender and rest in the Will of the Lord.
Paul said it this way, “You died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3). Likewise he says of his own: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20).
It is this “last resort” sort of grasp by which we must take hold on Christ, allowing Him to fully wrap round and pull us to deliverance. It is only with realization of otherwise despair that we are willing to embrace self-death, yet only in doing so do we find true life!