Surrendered Heart

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. (Proverbs 23:26 NKJV)

I grew up in a Catholic Church with a Catholic School education. There was no doubt that I believed in the Triune God. But, if I would have died during that time, Hell would have been my destination. Why? Because no one had told me that I also needed to surrender my heart to the God the Catholic Church had me believe in. But God in His mercy, sent a young man to this hard headed Marine and presented me with the full Gospel. He explained through Scripture how believing in my head was not enough. I had to surrender my heart to Jesus Christ and allow Him to be the Lord of my life. I did and I had a miraculous salvation experience. When I prayed, I literally felt the weight of sin lifted from me and I felt as light as a feather as if my feet were hardly touching the ground. That was many years ago in January of 1977.

Why am I reminiscing back 43 years? Because I long for that feeling when I was as light as a feather, as if my feet were hardly touching the ground. It seems lately I have been bogged down with the wrong emphasis on God around me, rather than surrendering my heart to Him daily. This should have been my first and foremost priority. I really like the way the Message paraphrases the following:

“I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.” (Hosea 6:6)

It’s great to lift up the name of the Lord and thank Him for who He is and what He is going to do, but He wants me and my heart most of all. He wants 100% of my heart and He wants me to surrender it daily. I have seen the following scripture used many different ways, but I believe at the core it’s all about the daily walk of surrendering 100% of one’s heart:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 NKJV)

To justify what I am saying, just take a close look at the following Scriptures:

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23 NKJV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37‭-‬38 NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

Therefore submit to God. (James 4:7a NKJV)

After I got out of the Marine Corps, the Lord gave me not just one, but two of the most wonderful mentors a young Christian could have. Yes, I was taught Scripture very intensely. Yes, I was taught how to defend my faith to other religions and cults. Yes, I was taught all about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. But what I was taught the most was how to humble myself and surrender my heart in total submission to Jesus Christ. Even the worship music that became a big part of my life back then was all about surrender. When I look around me today, I rarely see humility, brokenness, compassion, and surrender in much of today’s Christianity. The scales have fallen from my eyes. I am seeing clearly on how to restore what I have drifted from. I know that the Lord I accepted back in January 1977 is the same exact Lord that reigns today. He has not changed one iota. It is I who changed and must get completely back on track. Culture may change, but Jesus Christ never does:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)

His unfailing love doesn’t change neither. He is beckoning even now:

“Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to Me and do the works you did at first.” (Revelation 2:5a NLT)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)

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