Jim Wallis – “The great tragedy of modern evangelism is in calling many to belief but few to obedience.”
Somehow we have slowly skewed our understanding of 'giving our lives to Christ.' In the early Church, it meant a deep commitment to discipleship - following the Jesus way, wherever that would take us.
In time, we moved this to understand that salvation was only important for when you die - get the ticket for heaven and you will be okay. Jim Wallis is absolutely correct - our call should be one of a sincere calling to obey Christ. Of course, this starts with the initial belief in a loving Redeemer, but that is only the beginning. The rest is "an obedience in the same direction" (Eugene Peterson).
1 Samuel 15:22 - Samuel said, “Which does the Lord prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey him than to sacrifice the best sheep to him.
Acts 20:22 - And now, in obedience to the Holy Spirit I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
Living in Grace