Yesterday was the day that Reign In Us was released. In chapel at Cedarville yesterday the student body worshiped with us as we sang some of the songs from the new album. Last night we met together as a HeartSong family and listened to the entire album and enjoyed the finished product of many long hours in the studio and prayer.
After experiencing the album and this past year all I can say is that God is incredible. There are not enough words that I could write that could describe what God has done. This semester has been a rough one. There have been many stressful situations and my only option has been to lean on God, to trust Him. I have been learning a lot about what it means to fully surrender my life to Christ. This is definitely something easier said than done. It is hard to let go of what I want. It is hard to give God control over my life. It is hard. So why have I decided to let Christ reign in my heart?
Over two thousand years ago God sent his only son to earth as a baby, his name was Jesus. He was born of a virgin. He was fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and was completely perfect. He was despised and hated by men. He was tortured and killed. When he was nailed to the cross. He died. He was the perfect sacrifice that God required.
If the story ended there I would have no reason to follow Christ. But the story doesn’t stop there. Jesus died, but when he died the curtain in the temple that separated us from God was torn in two. He was put in a tomb and a stone sealed him in. Three days after he was put in the tomb, Jesus rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is sitting at the right hand of God. He is coming again, soon.
This is not just a story. It is a real. This is the history of the God that I serve. This is the story of the God I follow. This is the God that I choose to surrender my life to. When God sent Jesus to the world, he sent salvation to those who believe. God sacrificed his only son, so that he could have me in his family. It is hard to give up something that you love. Can you imagine what it would be like to give up your only child? Can you imagine what it would be like to give up what you treasure most so that a dirty, ugly, sinner could be saved? My God did that for me. How can I not follow him? God gave up what he treasured so that he could turn my ugliness into something beautiful. He desires to transform your life. Will you give him your life and heart? Will you surrender?
This is the conclusion that I have come to. God is worth everything I have and I will surrender my life to him every day and I will choose to have him reign in my heart. Will you let him reign in yours?