To be in Christ is a win, it is good, it is right, it is where we were created to be. It will cost you. However, staying at a safe distance does not work. You cannot look at Christ from a distance and find the fulfillment that is found in Him. Looking at Christ from a distance brings conviction and dissatisfaction with life, so most people choose to walk away.
Clarity is aways beneficial. Clarity might should help us to see better and make need adjustments. I think God gave some clarity into the mind of many Christians during the sermon. In an effort to demonstrate a grace gift I held up and asked who wanted $5. Only a few hands went up and this is where God began to speak into my spirit. I felt impressed by the Spirit to ask, “Why would you not want it?”. The few answers that scattered the room were that their was some catch or trick. WOW! Great clarity.
Why do we not accept the gift of our sanctification with surrender the way we accept salvation through surrender? At salvation, you prayed a prayer that probably had this line in it somewhere, “I give you my LIFE.” We are called to salvation and it is given by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9). We stand in the same gospel by grace through faith (1 Cor 15:1-2). What keeps us from receiving the gift of abundant life that come by grace through faith that are found in Christ? I abandon self, follow Christ and enjoy His abundant life.
Our mind begins to think, “What’s the catch?”
If I abandon my life to Christ and live by the truth, principle and precepts of God’s Word, there is going to be a catch somewhere. Jesus is tricking me into something else.
I believe it goes back to our instinct of loss aversion. Loss aversion “refers to people’s tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains. Some studies suggest that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains” (wikipedia). Thus, if I decide to surrender my life to Christ and live in Christ it is going to cost me something, I am going to loss something. Therefore, we stay a safe distance just as the disciples did as Christ began His journey to the cross.
I cannot tell you what surrender will require of you, what it will cost you or what the exact reward will be. Jesus simply said,
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Matthew 16:24, ESV
So, we don’t follow Christ with all our our because the risk it too high. We avoid the risk that following Jesus entails. We would rather take the risk of running our life in our way. I think we are fools when we do this. To take no risks is the greatest risk of all.