Is there a majority opinion as to what giving up free will and giving it to Jesus means? What does this action look like? Are there any real life examples?
1Galatians 2:20 is the source of this idea. That and Romans 7 would be good places to start.– Affable GeekApr 11, 2012 at 2:50
Affable, Romans 7:19 "For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." - this spoke out to me, in that what we see as our free will can be evil and not the law of the Lord...giving up that free will (evil) could be giving it to our inner being: Romans 7:22 "For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;"– Greg McNultyApr 11, 2012 at 18:23
1Is there particular scripture that led you to ask this question? Some biblical basis? If so, could you kindly add it to the post?– Nick RolandoApr 11, 2012 at 21:27
I hope that I can help here.
A couple months ago I got engaged. I prayed a lot about the decision and felt like it was a good move in my life. One that would be hard but would be worth it. Well, 2 weeks ago my fiancee broke up with me. That was one of the hardest days of my life. And it would of been so easy to say, "I prayed; it felt like a good choice, I was doing everything right, why did God allow this to happen?"
I could have blamed God and Jesus for all the pain I felt. Instead because of experiences I have had in the past I turned to Jesus and God and relied upon their love and grace. I have in the last two weeks learned more about my relationship with my Savior then I think I have in the rest of my life. I still hurt, true, but I have comfort in the knowledge that my Savior and my Heavenly Father love me and have a plan for me that will lead to even more happiness then I had with my fiancee.
So to me turning your will over to the Savior means trusting Him in those hardest parts of your life. Knowing that it will strengthen you and that Christ has other plans for you.
Scripture reference was asked for so here goes:
(KJV) Matt 16:24-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Applying this to my story above. I could have ignored Christ and tried anything and everything to get my fiancee back. That may or may not of worked but I would not of drawn as close to my Savior as I have in the last couple weeks.
So I see it as literal; I think my burden or cross sucks, but I accept that Christ has a plan for me and I trust in Him and because I do I have found a measure of comfort and peace that I could not have found anywhere else, given the situation.
1this is a good answer, but it only incorporates one (Experience) of the four common sources for Christian knowledge: Scripture, Reason, Tradition, Experience. Could you include some of these other sources? You argue from Reason, a little bit, which is good - is there any scripture you can cite to reinforce your answer? Apr 11, 2012 at 14:38
1Yes I can let me think for a little bit.– RyanApr 11, 2012 at 15:12
3Ryan, this is a really good answer - because I'm currently engaged too and always praying about this very big step of marriage. Your answer is miraculously more helpful than you know! Apr 11, 2012 at 16:19
1excellent, the addition of the passage really helps the answer and makes the story even better. +1 :) Apr 11, 2012 at 18:05
well said........ Apr 11, 2012 at 18:28
I'd like to add some scripture that I think goes along with the scripture @ryanOptini quoted, and will also help answer your question.
(AMP) Romans 12:1-2
1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
(I quoted the Amplified translation because I like its extra notations.) This is the concept of "surrender", which is vital in letting God take the reins of your life. Many Christians fail to take their faith to the next level. There are sins that we hold onto and don't give to God. We can even reason within ourselves as to why these things might be acceptable in God's eyes. Either way, we take what we want and leave what we don't want. You might hear preacher's call this salad-barring God, or keeping your pet sin's in the closet. Anyway, in this passage, Paul urges us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, as our proper service and worship, so that we can have a renewing of our minds (and be transformed by it), and fulfill and prove the good and perfect will of God in our own lives.
The keyword in most translations is offer, and as Amplified puts it: A "decisive dedication". This is not as hard as you, or at least I, would have thought it to be, as I always thought that I could not fully live for God, because it is way too hard.. and it is just too much to ask (I don't have the willpower). But all it is is simply making a declarative decision to no longer live for yourself, or anyone/anything else, but God (through which of course you will live for the interest of others also)! God's Spirit will then do miraculous work within you to cleanse you of your "pet sins". In your offering, you will be convicted, you will weep, and you will repent; and this will be a continuous struggle for some things as you will not be made perfect. You will still be tempted, and you will still fall; but the key is to not give up and become numb to it, but pray for conviction of the Holy Spirit, that you may have repentance and be reconciled to God in His mercy. Without this, the bearing of your cross, the surrender, or yielding, to God and the Holy Spirit, we cannot be proper disciples of Jesus, and thus the Light upon us and our path becomes darkened.
Sorry if my answer is incomplete to your question. I hope this helps in some way. A great lesson is taught on this subject by Chip Ingram in his R12 study.