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Sold Out: What it Means to Be Sold Out to God

Christians have used the phrase “sold out” many times, especially when discussing service in the church. However, many people don’t have the slightest idea what this phrase truly means. Does it refer to working endlessly in God’s house? How can one be genuinely sold out to God?

Understanding the secret behind being sold out makes it easy to carry out the act and stay that way. This post will provide some answers in this regard.

True Meaning of Being Sold Out to God

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Being sold out involves submitting completely to God

Every Christian is expected to be sold out to God, but what does this even mean? In the simplest terms, being sold out means “complete submission.” It is a call to surrender so that our “everything” is laid before God.

When we confess to being sold out to God, we are saying that all that we are and own belongs to Him. Galatians 2:20 buttresses this point when Paul says, “it is not I that lives, but Christ that lives in me (paraphrased).”

Jesus Christ presented us with a clear example of being sold out, and Paul explains His journey in his letter to the Philippians. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul describes how Jesus Christ, despite being equal with God, took the nature of a servant. He left His majestic throne to become like man so that He could reconcile man to God. This is what it means to be sold out; that your will no longer holds sway, and you only follow God’s bidding.

How to Truly Be Sold Out to God

To be sold out to God means relinquishing control and surrendering all at His feet. It should be our lifestyle; nothing we own is ours but the Lord’s. Being sold out requires us to let go. The question that begs an answer is, “What are you letting go of?” Here are a few things:


Every human being likes to be in control of their life. We are constantly trying to ensure that we have it all covered. No one wants to be unsure of what is going to happen next. Whenever that happens, we fall into a state of vulnerability. But God invites us to let go of all control and be vulnerable with Him. He has great plans for us that can only come to pass when we truly surrender.


We all like to hold onto our resources as tightly as we can. Resources include money, assets, and any other thing that helps us to survive. But the question is, “What do we have that He has not given?” We cannot afford to place our resources above God, it should be the other way round. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and every other thing (resources inclusive) shall be added unto you (paraphrased).” God has promised to take care of you, so it shouldn’t be a problem when He needs you to release your resources to Him.

Our relationships

God needs us to trust Him with the people in our lives. Despite loving them so much, we cannot protect or fend for them without His help. The only true hero is Jesus Christ because He paid the price for our lives. You cannot die for the person you love, and if you did, it wouldn’t still guarantee their safety. We must surrender our relationships to God, trusting He will care for our loved ones more than we ever will.

The future

It is usual for a human being to worry about the future. We all wish we knew what the next day would be like so we could prepare adequately for it. God has a reason why He didn’t give us that power. He wants us to depend on Him solely for what the next day holds. Jesus Christ admonished us in Matthew 6:34 that “tomorrow will worry about itself.” Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God plans to bring us to an expected end. Being sold out requires us to hand the future to God and let Him lead us as He pleases.


Becoming and staying sold out to God is essential if we are going to be productive Christians. We cannot do anything without God helping us. Our true ingenuity comes from the Spirit of God being at work within us. It goes beyond being great workers in the church to every sphere of our existence. Spend some time reading GodKulture articles this month as we focus on being “sold out to God.”

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