Originally Posted by Jedi_Knight
But how much do we give?
There are monks in Greece that live in caves and have their good roped up to them in buckets, so they live in poverty and chastity.

This is a dillema that is often on my mind. How much do we sacrifice?
God gave us life. How much life do we live in misery?

In my marriage I viewed it as bearing a cross, to live in a sexless marriage. I don't know if I was right or wrong.

But the world could not function if we all took vows of poverty and chastity.

I think that yielding our selves to Christ is simply saying that we will follow His plan and will for our lives instead of what our flesh desires. I understand it to be moving from a slave of sin to a slave of righteousness (found in Romans I think). Doing what God wants us to do means living "not after the flesh but after the Spirit" That means we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. For some that may mean taking a vow of poverty, for others it may simply mean telling someone that Jesus loves them and died to take their sin away. It means giving up habitual sins like addictions etc. It means deciding everyday to live our lives Christ-like in whatever situation we find ourselves in and being obedient to the urging of the Holy Spirit.

Me BW: 30
WH: 33