Surrendered Real Estate
Is there one thing outside of Gods control? Is there something too hard for God? Are there any limitations or parameters in which He operates? Does to say “yes” worry or trouble you? Does saying “yes” make Him less God in your mind? Have I asked too many questions?
Think theses questions through before you continue to read.
Perhaps there are some things outside of Gods control, but perhaps there aren’t. Do I sound confused? Let me assure you that I am not. There is a great mystery about how He works. He has all power and He has everything within His power, except…except what?…Come on, tell me what it is…
Except the limitation He has placed upon himself…The limitation of our will! Yes, He owns our lives. Yes, it’s His creative abilities that sustain us. At any moment His hand can interrupt our heart beats. He says in Ezekiel 18:4 that “all souls are mine” but I believe there is a sacred place that He does not want to intrude. It is our will, our love and affection. There is no forced affection. For our affection is a place of great value to Him. He holds our will, our affection and love in high regard. It is a place of great reward for Him when He can win the heart of one more person.
Jesus refuses to be an intruder. He does not exercise Lordship by hostile takeovers but only through an invitation in. He has never pried abruptly into someone’s life. He will never be caught trespassing. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. It is a gentle knock. It does not say He is ringing the door bell. It does not say He is loudly pounding, although at times it may be louder than others.
It was a tough job to secure the place of the human will. The road up Golgotha’s hill was a long one. There were open wounds placed upon His back. It came by those who mocked His Kingship. For it is with those wounds we are healed. Their hatred was expressed by spitting in His face. There was great humiliation and mocking. Behind all of this was the omnipotent God of the universe. The Infinite taking it from the finite to prove one thing. His love for us. His need for communion, His need for companionship. His need for one with a free will. A free willed creature to express this love in return. It was for us He died so we can reciprocate that love He gave. He made Himself vulnerable to us, in hopes that we would do the same for Him. In hopes we would open to Him our will.
In a sense He did take our will by force, in a sense there was a hostile takeover. What an aggressive love that was shown. What a need within Him for fellowship which we are called to fulfill. For let us give to Him the gift of our will in return for His great love. Let us allow Him to reign in our hearts as King, giving Him the gift of our surrendered Real Estate, our will.