Here's my answer.

To give yourself for something demands

1.  Release

You must give yourself over to whatever it is you are for.  You cannot hold back anything or you're not really for it.  You can't be for your favorite team and hold anything back, no matter how much they disappoint you.  And because you're a loyal fan, you keep coming back for more and more punishment.

So we say we are for Christ.  What does it look like to release ourselves to Christ in shoe leather?

2.  Control

To release yourself to something because you're for it means you give up all control of life and time in pursuing the thing you are for.

Think of your career.  You're certainly for your career.  And you're certainly giving yourself over to the control of your career.

So we say we are for Christ.  What does it look like to give all control over to Christ in our career?

3.  Price

Whatever you are for demands a price from you—a very high price.  Just think of what NFL and NBA team owners make on an average game. This means you are paying a price for whatever you release yourself to, for whatever controls you.

So we say we are for Christ.  What price are you paying to be for Him?

And if you discover through this time that you're not for Christ, what are you for?  And what is your ROI on the investment of your life for something other than Christ? 

To continue with Part II of this article, click here.

Bill Lawrence is the President of Leader Formation International (LFI) as well as Senior Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministries and Adjunct Professor of DMin Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. 
Bill began LFI in 2002 to minister to leaders around the world who are impacting the nations for Christ. Having watched God form his own life as a leader-mentor over thirty-seven years in ministry (including twelve years as a founding pastor, twelve years as the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Leadership, and over twenty-three years as a seminary faculty member), Bill helps other leaders recognize the reality that their success as a leader depends upon God's formative work in their heart. Bill has been privileged to personally serve leaders in Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He has also produced a six-part video/workbook series,
 Forming Davids for the 21st Century, which is a perfect resource to help groups of individual leaders engage with each other in the leader formation journey.

Publication date: June 4, 2010