The question is posed in my own mind: how do I make God everything in my life? How does God become my focal pursuit as well as my peripheral, out-of-focus, stumble-upons? This is natural for our desensitized, media-flooded, and easy-fix oriented minds to do: locate the step by step equation to arrive at a conclusion. God, and the Christian life is not this simple, yet I will strive to find some balance between divine and human interaction to simplify its execution.
STEP ONE: SURRENDER
First and foremost, we must surrender. We can not fill ourselves with God any more than He desires to fill us; we can not force God to do anything, more specifically, force Him to be the center of our lives. For Christ to become our everything, we need Him to work in us.
…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
He is the sole provider and perfecter of our faith, the one that birthed it in us, and also nourishes it to grow. So in order for us to begin the process of complete sanctification and glorification in our lives, it is absolutely necessary for God to indwell us.
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…
God comes upon us at the moment of repentance, which only occurs after we surrender to His work and will for our lives. Just as Peter spoke in his first sermon, at the moment of repentance, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual indwelling of God Himself.
And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This gift, received by means of surrender, is that which empowers us to be mobilized for Christ. Not only is the Holy Spirit the way by which we preach the Gospel, but also the way we live the good news day-to-day, stirring ministry from the inside out.
Once the Holy Spirit comes upon us through surrender, it is also by the same means that it grows full in our hearts and lives. Salvation and sanctification are birthed and perfected by the same process: surrender. If we place our spiritual lives in the hands of a perfect and loving God, we will breathe hope and love. I state this and restate this to primarily debunk the misconception that God comes to us when we please, either through our diligence to find Him through prayerful supplication or Biblical study. God arrives when He desires, and we can only move out of the way. Prayer and Biblical readings are products of God’s movement by our surrender, not the cause. If this were so, then we have a God that responds to us, which is more of a synergistic theology, one that at the moment I do not find to be Biblically supported.
The first step in making God everything in your life is to simply move out of the way, humbling yourself in complete surrender.