—by Diane Pierson, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Crowded to Christ is a phrase coined by Dr. Charles Solomon, founder of Spirituotherapy. While studying on our surrender to Christ, I heard this phrase and it captured my attention. Before we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are crowded by the knowledge of the world. But when we are confronted by the Word of God, we are confronted by the knowledge of God. We are confronted by what Scripture teaches about sin. The Bible says,
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
At this point we must decide. Are we going to be crowded to the world or crowded to Christ? Are we going to believe God, or continue in the worldly habits which result in our own destruction?
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
After our acceptance of Jesus we are wonderfully crowded to Christ. Our identity is in Him. On one side we know who we were in the world. On the other side, we are learning who we really are in Christ.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
After our salvation—after we are crowded to Christ—we must make a choice about our own spiritual growth. We must make another decision! Will we believe God when He teaches us about our new identity in Christ, or will we stay in unbelief and refuse to mature?
Surrender seems to be a word we do not like. Webster’s dictionary defines surrender like this: giving of oneself or something into the power of another person. When we are crowded to Christ, we quit resisting. We allow Him into every area of our lives by surrendering to Him.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Can we, in our new life in Christ surrender fully to Him? Can we give over the power of our life to God so that we may start enjoying His freedom? Can we be wonderfully crowded to Christ and surrender to Him? It’s a never-ending process of growth and increase. The results of our surrender to Christ will end in our devotional theme verse of Scripture coming true in our lives.
He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)