UNSELF: The Soul and Surrender
Text: Luke 9:18-25
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The most important thing about you is not what you achieve; it is the person that you become.
Northway’s definition of a Disciple: A disciple of Christ is a person who is willing to give up their preconceived ideas of what life is all about, to abandon their previous way of living, immersing themselves into the way, the truth, and the life of the Master, in order to be like Christ.
Three things to do if you want to be his disciple:
- Give up having to have your own way (Deny yourself)
- Put to death your old life everyday if necessary (Take up your cross daily)
- Surrender to and immerse yourself in the Jesus Way (Follow me)
You are not just a self; you are a soul. You’re a soul made by God, made for God, and made to need God, which means you were not made to be self-sufficient.
Your soul is what integrates your will (your intentions) your mind (your thoughts and feelings, your values and conscience), and your body (your desires or cravings, body language, and actions) and even your relationships into a single life. Your soul is what integrates it all. A soul is healthy—well-ordered—when there is harmony between these entities and God’s intent for all creation in our relationships. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul.
Matthew 5:8 MSG
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
The salvation of your soul is not just about where you go when you die. The word salvation means healing or deliverance at the deepest level of who we are in the care of God through the presence of Jesus.
“…becoming a disciple is a matter of giving up your life as you have understood it to that point…And without that ‘giving up,’ you cannot be his disciple, because you will still think you are in charge and just in need of a little help from Jesus for your project of a successful life. But our idea of a ‘successful life’ is precisely our problem.” Dallas Willard
Today’s Worship Playlist
How Great Thou Art – Paul Baloche
Praise to the Lord the Almighty – Travis Cottrel
God You’re So Good – Passion
Surrender – Lincoln Brewster
Follow You Anywhere – Passion
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