By Edward Thal /
A “sell-out” is viewed as a compromiser or perhaps even a traitor. But abandoning this present evil world and selling out to God should be the desire of every Christian. We are urged to be a “traitor” to everything we once valued and pursued in Satan’s kingdom, everything of his that once gave us satisfaction or pleasure.
Exhortations in Scripture tell us to love God with all our hearts (Mark 12:30); to reject love for the world (1 John 2:15); to present ourselves as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1-2).
But how does the process work? The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel answers this question with a simple yet beautiful picture of the Lord leading him into the river of life that flows out from under the altar in the house of God (Ezekiel 47:1-5).
Ezekiel is invited to go in ankle deep, then knee deep, then waist deep. The last step is to plunge in all the way. There is nothing negative in this experience: whether ankle deep or fully submerged, he is touched by the blessing of God.
But note that up to waist depth the prophet is still in control. His feet stand on the river bottom and he can direct his steps according to his own will. It is only when he reaches the last stage and finds he cannot pass over the “waters to swim in” (verse 5) that he loses control – now the river will take him wherever it flows.
It’s that idea – losing control – that keeps many of us from selling out completely to God. If you’re one of the hesitant ones, do it as Ezekiel did, little by little. But keep pressing forward, ever deeper into the life-giving river of God’s presence until you are able to dive in all the way!