"For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Romans 10:13, NLT
From the cross.
To the resurrection.
Surrendering your life is no easy task. In our western culture we glamorize the independent lifestyle and at times despise any sort of dependency on anything other than ourselves. In 1967, Paul Anka heard a song while vacationing in France and knew it was a hit immediately. He negotiated for the rights and re-wrote it for Frank Sinatra. "My Way" was born. The lyrics of "My Way" tell the story of a man who, having grown old, is reflecting on his life as death approaches. He is dealing with his mortality and takes responsibility for how he dealt with all the challenges of life, by doing things, "My way."
As we walk on our journey in life we all have to come face to face with our own mortality. Jesus did. You will. I will. What will be said about our lives? Will it be that we followed the "my way" creed? Or that we surrendered our lives to something greater and bigger?
Let us follow in our savior's footsteps in surrendering to God's way, just as he did in Gethsemane. It is written in Luke 22:42, "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine," (NLT). Jesus was never interested in dong things in a selfish manner. Rather, he relentlessly pursued the will of his Father in Heaven. Christ gave way to God's way.
Christ came, lived and died among us so we would not have to face the world all alone. Nails drove through his hands and feet to save us from "us." Because even on our best days, we are still full of our own selfishness. But, as we surrender under the name of Jesus, it's a new day. Because of Christ's sacrificial journey, our lives are impacted...Forever. When we call on His name, instead of our own, we are freed. We are saved. We are...changed. We are made...whole.
Have you called on the name of the Lord? Because what His name is so much more than just a name. Within that name is the key to life--Eternal life. All who call on His name will be saved. We will be adopted into God's way, no longer left to our own selfish ways. Call on his name, accept his way.
Devotional written by Mark A. Rempel. Graphics designed by Isaac Taleno.