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Surrender is a very profound thing. In the culture we live in, surrender is taught as a four-letter word, so don’t be surprised if you feel something inside you squirming when I say that we need to surrender God. Being surrounded by the message “everything is about YOU” , the idea of lifting up your hands, and dropping everything is probably the last thing you want to do.
But when we follow Jesus, I think we have no other option but to surrender to him. In fact, when following Jesus, he will lead us into a life of surrender. I think this is kind of the point that Paul is making in his letter to the Galatians; Paul says:
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
When it comes to surrendering to Him, I believe there are 3 things we need to surrender to God:
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Sin can be fun in the moment, or maybe even a season, but it’s also so harmful. It’s fueled by selfishness and it makes a mess of our lives. Sin is actually an archery term, and literally means “missing the mark”. God has designed us to be like him, and anything that pulls us away from Him is sin. Now there are plenty of lists in the Bible, like the 10 Commandments, that can enlighten us to specific sins, but the closer we get to God, the easier it is to spot sin will become. Surrendering our SINS to God is vital. God is not a killjoy in the sky trying to keep us from having pleasure or fun, He truly desires what’s best for us. So when he says not have sex with anyone but your spouse, whom you married, it is honestly what is best for you. When he says not to steal, it is for the benefit of you and others. SIN is destructive. We must learn to surrender our sins to God so that we may live free. We must trust that what he desires for us is best.
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The surrender of self involves letting go of our desires to be in control, and those desires of proving our worth to the world and those around us. The surrender of self goes beyond the surface and into the deeper areas of ourselves where God does some of his greatest work. When we surrender our self and our control, we allow God to forge his character in us, build our integrity, and find our sense identity in Him. People who surrender themselves to God are able to reflect His love and compassion to those around them.
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The surrender of stuff involves coming to terms with the fact that the Earth is the Lords and everything in it. Therefore, it’s learning to hold our stuff loosely, open handed, and ready for it to be used however God desires. As Luke 16:10 says, “”Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…”, when we surrender our “stuff” to God, we allow him to entrust us with other “stuff”.
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Every time God wants us to surrender something, he’s persuading us to pursue MORE of HIM. I promise you, no matter the cost now, it is worth it. Surrendering to God is placing our trust in the One who cares most about us, and who really does know best.
What’s more difficult for you to surrender to God, your SIN, your SELF or your STUFF? Comment and let us know!
As overcomers and victorious in the Power of the Cross through our Lord of lords and King of Kings it is highly important that we each bear our own cross as we daily submit and surrender all to Jesus Christ whom we belong to. It’s imperative that we surrender all to Him including the 3 things mentioned in this article.