I have to admit - often times I've wished that there was another way. It's like those times when you know in your deepest heart that God is calling you to give him everything you are - but you just feel like, "maybe there is another way? Maybe I can serve/love him and get away with ... (you fill in blank)"
But he wants it all. He is asking you to come to cross and die to yourself, your life, your dreams - to pick up your cross and follow him into the deep unknown. Only complete and full surrender works.
Thankfully, the Word of God makes it clear that there is no other way. One place in scripture says it this way:
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. - Romans 12:1-2 (The Message Version)
This is where "life with God" truly begins to happen. When you are walking with him... when you are complete in him... when the moves you make in life are with Jesus in mind. Life with God takes on a whole new dimension.
It's the only way that works.
I urge you to start today - while you are reading this - SURRENDER TO HIM AFRESH. Pray the following out loud:
You can stop after each segment (separated by a ~) and share your heart with the Lord. Be encouraged to pray out your own prayer to him if there is something else on your heart or mind regarding that bit.
Father ~ right here ~ right now ~ I give you my life ~ I surrender completely to you ~ You can have all my time ~ You can have all my emotions~ You can have all that I have ~ I choose to love you with all my heart ~ all my soul ~ all my mind ~ and all my strength ~ I surrender to you afresh today~ Give me your eyes today ~ to see people the way you see them ~ To reach out to the broken ~ to stop for the one ~ In the almighty name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen ~
Now take some time either right now or sometime today to worship him. Below is a good place to start! May God fill you with His Spirit today!