Your life will declare the value of something. Just follow the trail of your time, money, attention, affection, and thoughts, and you'll find it—the things you value above all else, the things you worship. Worship is an activity of the human heart; it's never a question of if but rather what you worship. Your boyfriend, girlfriend, job, pleasure, fame, success, acceptance, materialism, power, prestige, appearance, reputation, wealth…What is it that has captured your heart as being supremely valuable?
There are people and things in this world that are important…but they are not things to be worshiped. Colossians 1 speaks directly to this:
"Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together."
Colossians 1:15-17 NLT
If we're honest, we'll admit we have a tendency to settle…for what's convenient, comfortable, or popular. But when this happens in our worship, we end up spending our lives focused on things that don't really matter. Worship of lesser things is like inducing yourself into a coma that numbs you and isolates you from the life you could live. You're alive, but you're not living. So the obvious questions that emerge are…Are we living in the reality of God's supremacy? Is God supremely valuable to you?
Because if he is, then he's worth giving up everything for. He's worth handing over the controls of your life to. He's worth us saying to him, "Whenever, wherever, however…we are yours, God."
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV
And what are those good works for? Jesus tells us:
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
Surrendered means God has your attention.
Surrendered means you seek to hold nothing back.
Surrendered means that what he cares about, you start to care about.
Your life will declare the value of something…and when that something is God, your life will show others just how amazing he is.