And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.Romans 12:1 (NLT)
The challenge of surrender or total commitment to God is two-sided. There are some things we give up, but how much more do we gain?
Yes, total commitment is not the easiest path and we do come face to face with sacrifice and self-denial. Sometimes we have to renounce things or priorities or relationships.
But what about the positive rewards? Think about the parable of the man who found the buried treasure. Yes, he sold everything. Yes, he sacrificed. But look at what he gained. The treasure was much more valuable than the price he paid.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”Matthew 13:44
Jesus compared this kind of gain to the Kingdom of Heaven. So our choice to surrender to God in every area of our lives is logical because He wants the best for us.
Our choice is smart because He has already paid the price for us. When we believe this then we may face renunciation of our lives, but it is much more a true reevaluation of our priorities.