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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Voluntary Sellout

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life" (John 10:27-28)

Let no one imagine that he will lose anything of human dignity by this voluntary sell-out of his all to his God. He does not by this degrade himself as a man; rather he finds his right place of high honor as one made in the image of his Creator. His deep disgrace lay in his moral derangement, his unnatural usurpation of the place of God. His honor will be proved by restoring again that stolen throne. In exalting God over all he finds his on highest honor upheld.

Anyone who might feel reluctant to surrender his will to the will of another should remember Jesus' words, "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:34). We must of necessity be servant to someone, either to God or to sin. The man who surrenders to Christ exchanges a cruel slave driver for a kind and gentle Master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

The spirit of the carnal mind is an independent spirit. But a sense of perfect dependence is a grateful guest of the broken and contrite heart.

~A. W. Tozer~

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