What are you holding back from God? He wants all of you. He won’t settle for anything less than 100% surrender.
Nothing Less Than Complete Surrender
I think this quote from C. S. Lewis sums up God’s position pretty well:
“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self — in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”
~ C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I don’t know about you, but I want to give God some things, but there are others that I hold back.
For example, I like to maintain control of my comfort. I call it my biggest addiction. So, when God wants me to do something that is going to be inconvenient or messy or awkward, I usually balk. I’m not proud of this, but it is the truth.
Give Your Life to Jesus
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25 NIV
There is no question that God wants all of you (and me). He wants us to copy Jesus who gave up everything to demonstrate His love for us. What are you holding back from God?