These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
Last week, and in week one, we looked at the use of the will in obeying God, both towards the Bible and towards our conscience. Now we will begin to see that walking with God is beyond mere will power. That is, there are active elements in our efforts to obey God (the use of our will), but there are also passive components (that God supplies) that come to us as a gift.
Thus, this week we begin to look at dedication and surrender; and we will note that we have a role in this, and so does God.
Dedication can be looked at as an active step we take: we dedicate ourselves to Jesus.
Surrender though has a passive component in it: that is, when a person surrenders to Jesus then He will enter our lives in a new way. In later weeks we will look at God’s work in helping us be dedicated.
Our treatment of dedication/surrender will take several weeks, as we dance back and forth between the need for us to make choices and the enablement we get from God’s actions towards us and in us.
One reason we should become dedicated is that God says we should:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
Luke 14:27-33. “And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first, and count the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest unhappily, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, doesn’t sit down first, and consult whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you that do not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple”.
We must be serious about dedication. It is not just a light vow, but instead requires that we count the cost and give ourselves completely to God.
There are ramifications to dedication that go beyond this life. Notice in the following passage that our future for eternity is based on the extent to which we are dedicated to building the Kingdom in this life:
1 Corinthians 3:10-14. “According to the grace of God which is given
unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and then others
build upon it. But let every man take heed how he builds on it. For no other
foundation can be laid than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now a man can build upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones or with wood, hay and stubble. Every man’s work will be made manifest: for the day of judgment will declare it, because it will be tested by fire; and the fire will try every man’s work and reveal what sort it is. If any man’s work abides (which he has built on the foundation) he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”
Humans naturally believe that we live for ourselves in this world only. The truth is that we live for God in the next world. Our victory on earth requires that we conform all of our desires and actions to God’s will for us. By dedicating ourselves to God’s will for us we gain peace and holiness on this earth and reward in the next world.
Next week we will look at Our Role in Dedication