From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
It is God’s will for His followers to become more like Christ. He came to show us the way, but it can only happen as we submit every area of our lives to His authority. The key word is “submit.” It is an unpopular word, particularly in today’s self-indulgent culture. The idea of handing control over to someone else—even God—goes against the grain of our natures. This is usually the first spiritual battle a new believer encounters—surrendering self-will for God’s will.
Many people argue that it is difficult to discern the will of God, but the problem isn’t discernment; it is unwillingness to submit. If people will read His Word and listen for His instruction with an obedient heart, He will lead. If we reject His authority revealed in Scripture, we will never become more like Him. Satan will be the winner and we will be the losers. We will never experience the joy of knowing God’s plan for us.
Do others see something of Christ in our life? Do they see a “family resemblance” to the Lord by the way we live? If the answer is no, we must not let another day go by without committing our life to Him. We must be honest about whatever it is that keeps us from that commitment—and then repent of it and commit to live under His authority. Those who are ignorant of God’s Word will always be ignorant of God’s will. Further, we must pray as the psalmist: “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8, NKJV).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)