Day 10 is all about surrender. Some really good stuff. Unfortunately, there is also one sappy, sentimental line.
“If you want to know how much you matter to God, look at Christ with his arms outstretched on the cross, saying, ‘I love you this much! I’d rather die than live without you.'” He was doing just fine up to this last line. God’s love is tremendous. He has proved that love by the gift of Jesus. We see Jesus expressing love by willingly going to the cross for us. But I can’t imagine that he is so weak-minded to say, “I’d rather die than live without you.” Come on, Rick. You know better than that!
At least he didn’t say, “Jesus loves you so much that he would have died for you even if you were the only person on earth.” That sentiment, though aparently profound, is demonstrable false. Just consider Gal. 4:4 and what actually happened.