The Church is authentic when it is composed of men and women who are continually and fully surrendering themselves to the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. The form this “comforting” takes is faith, hope, and love.
 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
 And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? — “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor lose courage when you are punished by him.
 For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
To be fully surrendered and available looks different in the life of others and in your own from time to time. It means “giving it your all and beyond” as you truly comprehend it without reservation and with gratitude. As you and I grow, the “and beyond” becomes more than the last “all and beyond.” But, at any one moment it is what we TRULY understand it to be as an expression of “all that we are and all that we have.”
The “all and beyond” is never enough to finish the race on our own. Jesus put it bluntly when He said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” We are weak even in our strongest moments or seasons of discipleship. It is just what we have and MUST offer in synergy with God’s “all and beyond” in Christ Jesus. Together, we finish the race and gain the prize.
2 Corinthians 12.9-10
 The Lord … said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
We must put “flesh and blood” on the concept. We must exert our all and must exert His all. Together we WILL, PERSEVERE, and WIN in the deepest and most authentic sense.
The result? The True Church … A Church and a Lord to which others will desire to join themselves so they too may enjoy what we enjoy … THE ONE AND ONLY FULL LIFE – Christ Jesus.