Jesus Wants Your Surrender, Not Your Acknowledgment

Many Christians treat Jesus like a subject - something to study and apply to their lives. Often the motivation is that by applying “Jesus principals”, they will have a better life. I had this view growing up. I was always wondering what “Jesus facts” I needed to learn to make my life better and to avoid hell.
David Pierce

David Pierce is the founder of Steiger International and the band No Longer Music. He is also the author of "Rock Priest" and "Revolutionary".

Website: www.steiger.org/davidpierce

I basically tried to live as close to the world as I could without losing my “Jesus hell insurance.” I was the one in control of my life, and Jesus was there to serve me and my goals and to fulfill my dreams. My faith was about acknowledging something; it was just a list of rules to follow. But deep down I knew there had to be more. I was missing the real freedom and excitement that I knew God had for me.

When I was studying Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, I became more and more aware of the powerlessness of my spiritual condition. I was desperate to know what the real purpose of my life was. The last thing I needed was just more empty religious slogans. It wasn’t enough anymore to just know about God. I needed to know Him - to truly get to know the person of Jesus.

I would walk for hours across the university campus and cry out to God. It was in the middle of winter and bitterly cold, but I didn't care because I was desperate to have an encounter with Jesus Himself. I told Him all my struggles and fears, everything I was thinking. 

It was during this time that God started to break into my life, and I had an encounter with Jesus, the person. I discovered God’s unbelievable love and the incredible relationship that He wanted to have with me. I also realized that I needed to surrender my life to Him. I couldn’t dictate the terms or negotiate - it was all or nothing. The love of Jesus demands everything, and that was where I would find my real purpose. It was soon afterward that I felt God called me to use music and art to communicate the love of Jesus to an alienated counter-culture in Amsterdam.

My art did not come out of a need to express myself but out of a desire to glorify God.  It was birthed out of surrender and a willingness to serve Him any way He called me to. I am not suggesting that I always had good motives, or that my actions were always without selfish ambition, but I do think at the core of my art was a desire to glorify God.

Now some thirty years later, I have had the privilege to tour the world more times than I can remember. I have performed in front of thousands and seen countless changed and transformed by God’s power. My life as an artist has been richer than anything I could have ever imagined, and my heart burns with gratitude for the life God has allowed me to live.

Don't let Jesus just be a subject or person you simply acknowledge. Cry out to Him and get to know Him. If you do, it will revolutionize your art, your life, and the world.

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