I’ll never forget the day God asked me, “Are you done yet?” After years of trying to be good enough, fun enough, and together enough, I was at the end. I soon found that when I was at my worst, God was willing and able to help me truly live – I was strategically positioned for something life changing to happen.
That’s where you are today. There is nothing more beautiful than a person who comes to the end of themselves and says, “That’s Me!” When we surrender to God we admit that we can’t discover our purpose and that we need his forgiveness, friendship, and help.
Take a listen to some of the clearest evidence of what happens when authentic change happens. When God touches a heart and turns a life, it comes "not only in word but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” This is how each of us can have the assurance of salvation...to know "that he has chosen you.” I Thessalonians 1:4-5
Yes, we can be so close and yet so far away from saving faith. The illusion of salvation is so blinding that no one is beyond the reach of its deception. Jesus says that religious people, people who do good things, and even Christian workers can claim the name of God...and not be his kids. Matthew 7:21-23
It's no accident that just following those stone sobering words by Jesus, a leper (one that was filthy and believed to suffering from his sin) approached him. He simply said, "Lord, make me clean.” The answer to our lostness, deception, and powerless life is to confess the uncleanliness of our soul and trust Jesus to touch it and turn it. Let him! Matthew 8:1-3
How does this happen? Tell God you want to have the overflowing life that he promises. John 10:10 Let him know with full surrender that you’re confessing your sin, that you need him to be the leader of your life, and that you’re ready for the lightened load and joy that he promises.
I'm so grateful for the work God is doing in your life right now. It's a new day! Please read what's below and lean into your new journey. Welcome to the family!
Share with your friends that you have called out to God and surrendered to Jesus.
Get your hands on a good Bible (English Standard version is what I use) and make it a new friend.
Find a church that has love and speaks truth right from the word of God.
Celebrate! The life that God has begun in you will continue. That’s his promise. (Philippians 1:6)
I’m praying right now that everyone who reads this short piece will experience freedom and joy this very instant.
Special Note: Karl is the lead pastor of 180 Chicago. Our worship celebration is held Sundays, 10 am, at Whitney Young on the near west side of Chicago. We invite you to join us and be sure to reserve your autographed copy of Karl's book, THRILL.