The following piece appears thanks to Bob Collie, a retired Anglican minister who completed his studies at Ridley College (but if he had his time again, he would have done so with Church Army!).
As God deeply longs for a personal loving friendship with each and every one of us, we have a responsibility to tell his good news so that everyone can understand it. The basic facts about Jesus, his birth, life, death and being brought back to life again by God, need to be told simply. It is also vital that Jesus’ radical challenge to us to be willing to lose control of our life and give back to God complete control, is made clear.
In the beginning God made us to love us and for us to love him and to be holy, under his loving care and complete control.
We all spurn his love and rebel against his rule over us, with terrible consequences. Our sin separates us from our loving God forever.
God in his love for us sent his Son to our world to rescue and restore us to himself. Jesus Christ came among us, lived with us and died for us and our sin, so that now we can be completely forgiven. This opens ‘The Way’ for us to return to God. He brought Jesus back to life again to be our living Lord and to assure us of our hope of living with God forever.
Now we must turn back to God and humble ourselves under his mighty hand. This means that we must let him control our lives completely. This is very challenging and costly. It is not possible for us to do this. But if we are willing, the Holy Spirit will take over our lives, for us. We only have to be willing. Living for Jesus Christ means we must make every effort to be willing for God to control our lives continually. Now we are members of Christ’s body, the church.
‘You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. ‘ Rom. 8.9. See also the parable of the Lost Son. Luke 15.11-24.
Here is a powerful prayer for constant use.
Loving Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, you love us and gave your life for us.
I love you and give my life for you.
I am willing to lose control of my life and give back to God complete control of the whole of my life with all of my heart, in the power of the Spirit alone.