Winners and Losers

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I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send…?" 
Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"  Isaiah 6:8

Annie gripped the seat back in front of her and braced for the last altar call. The voice of the Holy Spirit was so strong within her that she was sure it was obvious to everyone. ““Lay it all down,” He whispered. “Surrender to my plan for your life.” Sweat dripped from her chin as snaky thoughts crackled inside her head. “No!” they hissed. “If you let go of control, you’ll be miserable. You’ll have no friends, no money, and you’ll be really ugly!” This internal battle was not new. Annie had fought it for weeks as the yearning to know God grew stronger. But fear, lies, and self-will remained in charge. When the music ended, so did the Voice. But as she wiped her hands on her jeans, she was acutely aware that, despite her resistance, she had lost.

The still small voice of our God can be overwhelming when it comes. Yet, He never forces our wills. He allows us to resist Him if we want to. But when we do, we are the losers. He works to make us so complete in Him that we would rather die than walk away. We are created for purpose, for service, and for relationship with our Creator. We are becoming all He designed us to be when we eagerly respond to His call with “Here am I! Send me!” When we resist, we forfeit the experience of becoming all it means to be created in the image of God. In God’s kingdom, the losers are those who continue to resist Him. The winners are those who surrender. Winners have counted the cost, and understand that full surrender is the only way to win at life.

According to kingdom values, are you a loser or a winner? 
What must change for you to win at life?

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