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Jim at Growing Faith June 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Thank you for another great post Jack!

For me it has been a process of slowly surrendering more and more of my life to Him. I wanted to be able to completely turn my life over all at once, but I was unable to. I prayed to do His will, not mine (and continue in those prayers).

From my experience, I say give up as much as you can, and then see what happens. You may find that you are able to turn over more and more as time goes by. Especially if that is your true desire.

It is not easy, but remember you are looking at eternal rewards, beyond what you can imagine.

Jack Wellman June 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Amen brother…knowing you as I do now, I know you are closer to living this out than any other single person I know. You have sacrificed so much but you are right my beloved brother…we can’t even imagine what awaits us. You have given so much but your true riches await you in the kingdom. Can’t wait to meet you in person my new Jonathan-to-David friend.

Jim at Growing Faith June 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I look forward to meeting you as well 🙂

I met a woman in Florida who gave away all of her possessions (including her home), career, and her money. Apparently it was a fairly sizable amount of money, and she laid it at the Elders of her church’s feet. She was in an intensive year of living for Christ when we met. She spent her days praying and studying the Holy Bible. She is actually the one that taught me how to live in my car!

She fasted so much that she was very thin. She said the Lord eventually placed it on her heart to stop fasting so much! She is an amazing person to meet, and we had great fellowship and prayer together before we went our separate ways.

She was planning to live a year like that, and then go back to her worldly life. I’m not so sure that after a year she will go back to living how she used to. She definitely submits herself to God’s will, and it should be interesting to see where He leads her.

I was thinking about this blog post as I slept in my car last night. If we have comfortable lives on earth, what causes us to set our hearts and minds on heaven? If you are already comfortable, why bother yourself with thinking about a heavenly future? It may be that discomfort is the best way to stay focused on the eternal.

I don’t view myself as extraordinary in any way. I try to live a simple life, and try to focus on loving God, and loving the people He places in my path.

Jack Wellman June 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

I see your life being lived out in ways that are extraordinary to me brother. Few are willing to go as far as you have. If I was single, it might be easier but with my last one in the nest (off to college this fall) and my wife living at home being sick, it is hard for me to do much in my own interests when I must consider her. Please keep me updated when you hear about this woman who is also losing her life to live it for Christ, again, another extraordinary in the very ordinary for most Christians.

Jim at Growing Faith June 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

I believe that all Christians have opportunities to use their lives to build and/or strengthen God’s Kingdom. A single person without a family can be used differently than a married person with children. God can use each of us, if we allow ourselves to be used. Preaching the truth, both online and off, is a great contribution! I will let you know if I hear from sister Brenda!

AJ June 2, 2019 at 7:22 am

Maybe i’m just a late bloomer, raised in a catholic boarding school or just plain stupid, No matter which church i go to or speaker i listen to or literature i read. I don’t know how to live for God. I still have bills to pay, a job that requires me showing up, chores that still have to be done and this humane side that has been molded by the society that i live in. I pray , i read the bible everyday and will continue, but i would like some one to speak clearly on how to actually live as God would have me.

Jack Wellman June 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Hello AJ. You are not alone. Many others are going thru similar circumstances. I am praying that God can help you find how to live for Him. I am so glad that you even have this desire. May I recommend you read this article about what it means to be a disciple of Christ, or how to live for Christ. Click here: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/10/what-does-being-a-disciple-of-jesus-mean/

John August 5, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Hello, i read through this article at one of my lowest points on earth, im not religious atall but upon the events i found myself in today i had too look into what this faith could do for me, ive hit rock bottom and i need gods embrace too bring me back, i really appreciate the knowledge this article has given me, and along with the read a little hope has shown through, i was debating suicide and this post may of answered my prayers, i have decided too begin to give myself too god, and i thank you as this post may just of saved my life today, jesus is love and aslong as i have him with me i am not alone in this world, thank you brother.

Jack Wellman August 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Amen John. I am praying for you now brother. I see you are persevering and that is a sign that God is with you and in you.

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