Surrendering Our Non-Negotiables

"He said, 'Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.'" - Genesis 22:12 
As we dive deeper into the story of Abraham and Isaac, let's consider a crucial question: What are we withholding from God?

Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac reveals a profound truth about surrender and trust. God spared Isaac because Abraham didn't withhold his son. He was willing to give up the most precious and important thing he had, demonstrating his unwavering faith and fear of God.
In Abraham's mind and heart, everything he possessed, including his beloved son, was on the table for the Lord. He had no non-negotiables with God. But do we share the same level of surrender?

Take a moment to reflect on your own life. What are the non-negotiables you have with the Lord? Are there areas where you say, "God, you can have this, but you can't have that"? Are there aspects of your life that you keep off-limits from God's control?
Perhaps you've found yourself saying things like: 
- "You can have my Sunday mornings, but the rest of the week is mine." 
- "You can be my Savior, but I'll be the master of my own life." 
- "You can have my worship songs, but not my obedience, my faithfulness, my time, or my money."

What are those non-negotiables in your life today? What are you withholding from God?
True surrender means laying down everything at the feet of Jesus—our desires, our plans, our dreams, even our fears and insecurities. It means trusting that God's plans are greater than our own and surrendering control to His perfect will.

I want to challenge you to identify and surrender your non-negotiables to God. Let's echo the faith of Abraham, who held nothing back from the Lord. As we do, may our lives become a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, as we walk in obedience and trust each day.

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