Am I Sure I am On God's Path?
by Francisca Trexler
A lot of people are not sure if they are on God's path. Often they asked themselves about this situation.
Surrender is the best way for most people to give their hearts to Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Surrender means a choice to give your heart [life] to Jesus Christ as a personal Saviour and Lord. No one is forced to give his or her heart to Jesus. The Holy Spirit influences the person to make a choice to follow Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
Being forced to obey can cause the heart to be far away from Jesus Christ. Also, forced obedience does not develop a good relationship with Jesus. There is no peace for this person.
So, how do we surrender fully to Jesus?
Spiritually, self has to die first. Galatians 2:20 (NIV) says: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
This shows that we need to have Jesus Christ in our life. There is no trace of "I" in us. Self-surrender is the way to give your whole life to Jesus and follow His example.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31 (NIV) we read: "I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord." We must be willing to continually surrender to the Holy Spirit's influence in our life. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) says: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
The problem we all face is a poor attitude. We need to have Samuel's kind of attitude, who said in his prayer, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth" (1 Samuel 3:9). It is our lack of willingness to listen to God's voice that denies us His guidance.
We all need to have a very good attitude. This means such things as being more humble and teachable so that God can better guide us. In Psalms 27:11 (NKJV) we read: "Teach me Your way, 0 LORD, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies."
Jesus wants to control you and me through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we live in this old and sick earth. We can count (trust) on Jesus Christ, because where we are -- God is also! Philippians 2:12-13 (RSV) says: "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
Let us depend on Jesus Christ in our life and our prayer habit. The Lord will richly bless you as you follow His example. Remember that our lives are not a bed of roses and peace. God allows problems to come upon us in different ways so that our characters will become like Jesus' character.
Let us pray this way: "Lord, what would You have me to do?" God desires to guide each of us on the pathway of life. God be with you as you make the decision to give your heart fully to Jesus Christ.