What if you offered everything? What if you offered him all of your life, nothing held back, no reservations?

It’s a scary thought.

Offering all might be one of the scariest parts of following God. We’re hesitant to offer ourselves, our dreams and our comfort. The clammy demanding fingers of sin and selfish in our lives grasp for every inch of us. The selfishness whispers that we can’t trust him. It says he will disappoint and ruin us.

Those whispers are absolute lies.

God is good, he doesn’t want to make us miserable. We get confused, though, when we look at our lives and the world around us and recognize that things don’t always work out. Life isn’t perfect for Christians who are offering all.

But, life lived in constant offering is a life of grace, love and joy. It’s not an obligation, it’s not constant misery.

When God feels like an obligation we are viewing God from the wrong perspective. We’re seeing a small, insufficient God. If he’s an obligation we aren’t really seeing the full, wild, all-consuming God we serve.

If we recognized, really recognized who God is and saw his character of love and faithfulness, surrender wouldn’t be a question. The Lord Almighty, creator, restorer and savior, he deserves it all. Our claims to life fall away as the broken rubbish they are.

“If there is a God and he is real, there would be no other opinion that would matter more.”

Author and Bible teacher Jennie Allen  explores the power of surrender in her new book Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul.

“We’ve got to deal with the deepest parts of our lives because they’re defining us, and it matters.”

Jennie also shares her own story of overcoming perfectionism and finally offering God everything in her interview with Susie.

Key Scriptures: Revelation 12:11Luke 9:23-25

The ‘anything’ prayer