Tag: John 3:16

God’s Total Surrender to Us

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

For God so loved the world that He gave… —John 3:16

Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining personal holiness. But salvation is so much more! It means that the Spirit of God has brought me into intimate contact with the true Person of God Himself. And as I am caught up into total surrender to God, I become thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself.

To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification is to miss the main point. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:2). The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is actually part of the effect of His wonderful and total surrender to us.

If we are truly surrendered, we will never be aware of our own efforts to remain surrendered. Our entire life will be consumed with the One to whom we surrender. Beware of talking about surrender if you know nothing about it. In fact, you will never know anything about it until you understand that John 3:16 means that God completely and absolutely gave Himself to us. In our surrender, we must give ourselves to God in the same way He gave Himself for us— totally, unconditionally, and without reservation. The consequences and circumstances resulting from our surrender will never even enter our mind, because our life will be totally consumed with Him.

by Oswald Chambers

 

The Worship of Tim Tebow

Jim Fletcher 90x115by Jim Fletcher

Tim Tebow, it could be argued, was the greatest college quarterback of all time. With a Heisman Trophy and two national championships, he has more hardware and jewelry than any other quarterback. The truly mind-boggling thing is, he could have won another championship and another Heisman.

When he was preparing to enter the NFL draft, there was a real chance that he would become a footnote in NFL history: a great college player who couldn’t cut it in the pros. It was said that his throwing motion was deficient, and that his tendency to tuck the ball and run would get him killed. He was battling two other quarterbacks on the roster. He did seem to fade at one point.

Then he ran onto the field to save the Denver Broncos’ season. They have now won an epic playoff game, featuring an epic winning play, launched by a new cultural icon.