All or Nothing?

Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being in total bondage.

Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of the will, not of emotion; any positive emotion that results is simply a superficial blessing arising out of the transaction. If you focus your attention on the emotion, you will never make the transaction. Do not ask God what the transaction is to be, but make the determination to surrender your will regarding whatever you see, whether it is in the shallow or the deep, profound places internally.

If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the waves of the sea, you can let your convictions and your consistency take care of themselves by concentrating on maintaining your intimate relationship to Him.

Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 1-2; Luke 14:1-24

2 thoughts on “All or Nothing?”

  1. arrowtograce says:

    I feel like Oswald’s words are full of wisdom, but I was wondering if anyone had any story of how it interprets into daily life. Some of his devotions leave me with questions. For example, what does he mean by saying surrendering externally vs. internally?

    1. hsnpoor says:

      I believe he is referring to the fact that we can give the outward appearance of being in right relationship with our Lord by going through the motions and doing the right things, but that’s a superficial response if we are making a concious effort to do these things, rather than being so rightly related to Jesus internally that doing his will is our unconcious, natural, unforced response to whatever stimuli we encounter….much like breathing.

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