Leslie D. Glenn leads you through her own personal journey of surrender in the book, “One Life.” You are invited into the deep and vulnerable parts of her hearts. As she shares her story expect to be both captivated and challenged. “One Life”, is an incredible adventure that she boldly shares. Below is an excerpt from her book, get your full copy in the eGen store. You don’t want to miss it!
WE TRY TO SAVE OUR OWN LIVES
Matthew 16:25 says, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
The human soul tries to save its life, every day, in almost every decision. “How does this affect me? Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is better? Who or what is of greater value? How have I been wronged?” This tormenting self-focus feeds our decision-making process from a self- preservation perspective. Why? Why does the soul ceaselessly seek to preserve and protect itself? Because in the deepest part of us, we really don’t believe we can trust anyone else to protect us, defend us or preserve us – including God Himself. So, we try to control our lives, our relationships, our circumstances .... And judge the success or failure based upon how it affects us. We try to save our own lives.
YOU MUST LOSE TO FIND
Jesus said that whoever tries to save his life will lose it. The harder we try, the worse it gets. His answer was, “He who loses his life for me will find it.” How do I lose my life? What will I find? This world teaches us (bombards us, actually) that life is all about us. This teaching is even in our churches in the form of works – doing all the right things so God will love me. IF I do all the check marks THEN God must bless me.
The reality is that all of creation – the heavens and the earth, angels and demons, humanity, life, death, seasons, relationships – all of it exists for Him and Him alone; from before time began and after it will cease to be. To lose my life is to surrender to Him, in every facet of my being. To accept all that I am, all that I am not; to accept what my life looks like – my whole life; to accept all that He has for me and does not have for me; to no longer live for myself and my desires and my dreams, but to live for Him and Him alone; to empty myself of any personal aspirations, daily. This choice is not an outward one; it is a hidden decision, of the heart.
GIVE UP CONTROL
To the human soul, this is the scariest choice possible because I am giving, to another, the control of my life (which includes my protection, my provision, my decisions, my value, my happiness, my fulfillment, etc.). But, Jesus said that if I would make this choice, I would find my life.
And I have. In Him I live and move and have my very being (Acts 17:28). He gives life to my body through His Spirit Who lives in me (Romans 8:11) so that it is no longer I who live but Christ Who lives in me (Galatians 2:20). What I found is the person of Jesus Christ. He lives, He breathes, He feels, He LOVES.
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