When we make this decision we decide to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God through Jesus Christ. In exchange we invite His will and His way into our life.
What does it mean when we say that God is in charge of our life? What does it mean if we say that we are married to the cross or that we cherish that old rugged cross? That old rugged cross implies a manner of life that is not easy, if the cross was meant to be easy then we might say that shiny gold cross that we wear around our neck as a shiny necklace, but that is not what the old rugged cross means. When God is in charge of our life we surrender our efforts to make our life easy, we deny ourselves and we take up our cross and follow Jesus. "We follow Jesus" if God is in charge of our life, then we follow Jesus! We are not our own, all things of our life belongs to God, and we trust him to work things out to our good. When God is in charge of our life, we belong to him, and he welcomes us to into his kingdom, as it is written,
Romans chapter 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you brothers in the view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service."
Here it seems that God is asking that we stop having fun, that we have no more rights, or that our life is finished! This is so far from the truth. It is true it will take a sacrifice on our part, we will have to give up our old ways, but in return we will receive a new life, a new way of living when we in truth surrender it all unto God. We must let Him be in charge from here on out! To do this we must go to the cross, but herein is the difference, many will go to the cross, but what then?
Some say to kneel and pray, some say to lay your troubles at the foot of the cross, but here it is, we must allow our lives to be nailed to the cross, we must forsake fleshly desires and cause our bodies and it’s hunger or lust for pleasures to die on the cross while we live a new life, having a new mindset. We have to let go of all that we love about our addictions, and temptations, the pleasure, and the security of friendship, and all that makes us feel good about it, and let it die at the cross.
EXCERPT FROM THE LEARNER III - RECOVERY