“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Yesterday as I drove into New York City, my first trip back there in many, many years, having gone in once to the city for a few hours years ago and having lived in the city years before that, I was in awe. I cannot describe in words how far the Lord has brought me, of where He has brought me spiritually, physically, emotionally, and, most importantly, in my forever relationship with Him, and in my ministry work for Him. I was a woman broken beyond repair when I lived in New York City decades ago, beyond human repair, and the Lord not only saved me, brought me into an everlasting relationship with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ, but has given me a life’s purpose beyond my wildest dreams and not only drawn me to Himself, closer and closer, most importantly of all, but has led me to take literally the biggest step of faith I have ever taken. To go 100% against my flesh, against my desire for an easy, simple, quiet, peaceful, economical, and warm climate near the beach life with family and friends close by, and to live every breath utterly for Him.
And so it was, as I drove into one of the wildest, noisiest, most expensive, and dangerous cities in the country, in which I have no close friends or family, just a few people I knew decades ago with whom I have barely kept in touch if at all, this is what I said aloud to Him knowing with the utmost certainty He has sent me to live in New York City for the purpose of bringing glory to His name through my streets ministry and writing, publishing, and distributing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books.
“Lord, I am yours!” I exclaimed with the utmost passion in my heart. Passion for Him! Passion to love and serve Him forever and to help people to find and follow Him forevermore!
I am entirely His. I belong to Christ. My life is His. Everything I have is His. Everything I am is His. My trust is in Him. I am in a hotel room in New Jersey as I write this getting ready to start looking at apartments in New York City where the Lord is sending me TO BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME. My life is NOT mine. It is His.
Are you His? Is your life His? Have you given yourself utterly to Him, or are you holding your life back from Him? Are you keeping pieces of it to yourself?
Let go, friend. Surrender all to Him. Surrender yourself entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ. BE HIS! There is no greater love and joy in the universe than THE LORD, than being loved by Him and loving Him, than loving and serving and worshiping Him forevermore.
Can you say this with all honesty?
“Lord, I am yours!”