God has, in the last resort, nothing to give us but Himself; and He can give that only insofar as we die to ourselves and make room for Him in our souls. We should make up our minds to it; there will be nothing “of our own” left over to live on, no “ordinary” life. I don’t mean that each of us will be called to be a martyr or even an ascetic, though some may. For some the Christian life will include much leisure, many occupations that we naturally like. And even these will be received from God’s hands. In a perfect Christian they would be as much part of his “Christianity,” as his hardest duties, and his feasts would be as Christian as his fasts.
          What cannot be admitted–what must exist only as an undefeated but daily resisted enemy–is the idea of something that is “our own,” some area in which we get off the hook—an area in which God has no claim… When we try to keep within us an area of our own, we try to keep an area of death…
          Thomas More said, “If ye make indentures (a contract) with God how much ye will serve Him, ye shall find ye have signed both of them yourself.”
          Law... Said “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will make in the end no difference what you have chosen instead.”
          Those are hard words to take. Will it really make no difference whether it was women or patriotism, cocaine or art, whisky or a seat in the Cabinet, money or science? Well, surely no difference that matters. We will have missed the end for which we are formed and rejected the only thing that satisfies. Does it matter to a man dying in a desert which route he choose in order to miss the only well?
          Heavenly Father, may I surrender all that I really am, to all that You are. I choose You, Lord, the only one who satisfies.
-Pastor Dino Griffin