Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:22 PM

Need a verse!

Hey, I've been thinking...

someone mentioned that they were trying to figure out what it meant to "give something up to God." I realized I had no idea where that concept comes from. Anyone got a verse?

Or maybe it comes from the idea of an "offering" and "sacrifice"?

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Blogger Eric said...

I think it mainly comes from the various places in Scripture where Jesus is called not only Savior but Lord. What it means when people speak to Jesus directly and refer to him as "Lord" I'm agnostic about, since "Lord" (kurie) is also just a polite term of respect in Koine, much like the English "sir" or "mister" or the Spanish señor, etc., etc. But when you have Jesus labeled Lord as in 2 Pet. 1:11, it's clear from context that they actually mean Lord and not just Sir. So, the common argument goes, what do we mean by that? We cannot simply mean that Jesus is sovereign over all creation. For one thing, that's true whether we have faith in him or not. For another, it doesn't explain how he is our Lord. What we must mean when we own Jesus as our Lord, the argument goes, is that we deliberately choose to place our life under his direction and make him the final word on all aspects of our life. That is the argument I have heard most often.

Depending on how the phrase "give it up to the Lord" is meant, you could also turn to 1 Pet. 5:7 (cast your cares upon him) or to Matt. 6:33 (seek ye first) - give it up not in the sense of submit to God's authority, but give it up in the sense of ceasing to worry about it because you have a deeper assurance, or giving it up in the sense of giving it up as a priority in favor of making God your priority. Does that help?  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the main source of that comment comes from "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." -Mark 12:17, but also qtd. in Matthew & Luke.
Since the "giving up to God" phrase really means to give up what we are holding to God because ultimately it belongs to Him, i think this source is the most appropriate. granted we use the phrase outside the original scenario, but it's fitting since ultimately the passage is how our personal definition of ownership is superseded by God's definition.  


Blogger mxu said...

Eric - I find 1 Peter 5:7 to be an appropriate verse to support the idea of "giving something up to God." Thanks!  


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