“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10).

You are the apple of God’s eye. He sent His Son to come and rescue us from sin. The Creator stepped between every sinner and the fallen angel, Satan. The sinless Son of God came to absorb our sins because God says you are worth dying for. You, not the collective you—you, personally.

If you fear man, you’ll offend God. If you fear God, you’ll offend man. Have you noticed how when you get offended, you make bad decisions? When I take offense, I get defensive and I change the way I live. Instead of playing spiritual offense with my life, I stop and focus on me and my rights, my dignity. But, Jesus didn’t defend Himself against Pilate, Herod, the soldiers, or Jews. He had a legion of angels to call down, but he didn’t dial 911. Instead, He interceded on their behalf: “Father forgive them.”

We might not make statues of ourselves, but we get upset when people don’t bow down to our desires. If you don’t find your identity in what Christ has accomplished for you, you’ll try to hide your insecurities behind your unsurrendered areas: you’ll fight your own battles, create your own opportunities, establish your own reputation. This is why so many are merely half alive. They haven’t embraced His death; they haven’t died to self yet. God wants the whole you. Have you surrendered all to Him?

Adapted from “All In” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis