Make it Stick

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Well friends, it’s the start of another new week, and from where I’m standing the sun is shinning bright.

Literally, the sun is bright and warm outside (praise the Lord!) and figuratively, I’m feeling energized and optimistic.
Possibly because there is a pumpkin sticky bun sitting in front of me that I was just given.

Or maybe because I had a nice, refreshing weekend with my family and got to visit the church I grew up in yesterday.

Whatever the cause, my heart and mind have been recharged and refocused and I am thankful for today.

(And no, I am not always this chipper and positive sounding on Monday mornings if that is what you are thinking. Just keepin’ it real here).

As you start your week and begin conquering those “to-do” lists and project assignments, I encourage you to think about this:

Living as a follower of Christ does not end at merely believing that Christ lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, taking the penalty we deserve, and rose again to bring us the gift of life and salvation. Accepting what Christ did for us on the cross means that we respond by surrendering our lives to him. It means that we give up control of how we think we should live and who we try to be, and allow God to take the wheel. It means that not only do we acknowledge that Christ is King, but we live in total submission to our perfect King, who is worthy of our trust and faith.

This type of surrender and trust is foreign to many of us who live in a society where leadership has often failed us. But believe me when I say that Jesus Christ is the only one who will never fail you. If you don’t believe me, ask Him yourself. Put Him to the test. He’s big enough to handle it.

In what areas of your life do you need to surrender control to Christ? How can you do that this week? At work, at home, and when we’re out and about, join me in intentionally surrendering ourselves to God. In doing this, we will reap blessings that are even better than pumpkin sticky buns.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. “ James 1:22-25