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Jesus Christ never asks us to surrender anything without giving us far, far more than we could ever imagine (Eph. 3:20-21).  No person and no so-called god of any religion even comes close to offering the present and eternal rewards that He does (Mark 10:28-31). 

But sin has so corrupted us that we daily need His cleansing, freeing presence.  In order to have that, we allow Him to have His way with us because He is God and therefore knows infinitely better than we do what we need.

I like the way C.S. Lewis, in his short little book (actually a sermon) entitled The Weight of Glory, puts this idea:

The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.  We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith.

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.

What then, are we to do?  Surrender!  Surrender to Him every day, the way you would if you were drowning and a lifeguard jumped in after you to save you.  If we cannot see that the corruption of sin renders us as those who will drown spiritually without the Eternal Lifeguard, we are very badly deceived, indeed.

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