I was reflecting on our post from last week about allowing God to take the lead in our lives. Our pastors recently have been talking about surrender. Allowing God to take the lead so you can be led through your own life takes humility and surrender. We need to come to a place where we realise we do not know it all. I wish I did know it all. I honestly do, but I don’t and neither do you. God does, however.
Some may see surrender as a sign of weakness but when we are surrendering to God, it is wisdom. It is acknowledging that in our own capacity we are limited. It is seeing beyond today and looking to the future and deciding, I want what the Word of God promises for the lovers of God.
Luke 9:23-25 says, “Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep. Even if you gained all the wealth and power of this world, and all the things it could offer you, yet lost your soul in the process, what good is that?””
This verse teaches us the beauty of surrender. That when we hold on tightly to our lives we will lose them but if we surrender them, open our hands to God, then we will discover true life. This reminds me of a post from a few weeks ago when I said “What you don’t use you will lose and what you use will multiply.” What we don’t surrender we will ultimately lose and what we surrender we will gain.
It is crazy how that works but when I did not want to surrender my life to God because I wanted to be in control, my life was out of control. Now that I am surrendered to God and I choose daily to surrender control to God, I feel like I finally have a handle on my life. That is not to say it is perfect, I am still human. I do things wrong sometimes, but my life is no longer in a constant state of chaos. There is a peace that comes with surrender. It is like in the beginning in Genesis when the world was chaotic, dark and void. The Spirit of God was hovering over the world then. Hovering over the chaos until one day, God spoke.
God started speaking and putting things in order and peace came in and light came and life came. God took His time to bring everything into order. If we will allow Him and if we will submit to the process long enough, we too will begin to see God bring things into order in our lives. We are in a rush sometimes to see results. God could have created the world in one breath, one sentence, one click of the fingers, if He wanted to. He is God. But He took His time. He wanted us to see that some of the best things in life take time. Human beings were the last to be created yet they are the best thing He ever created!
Surrender does not mean you will have all the answers overnight. But it means that as you continue to surrender daily, you will see your life begin to take shape and move in the right direction. You will begin to see why you were created. That is one of our biggest questions as human beings, “Why am I here?” That question finds its answer in surrender. Our lives find fulfilment and purpose in His hands.
So how about we loosen our grip on our lives, or that situation or that job, open up our hands and surrender it all to God? He is already hovering over the situation waiting for you to surrender it to Him so He can begin His work. Only He can make all things work together for our good. Only He can bring meaning and purpose to our lives. Our part feels hard to us but it is easy. We just need to surrender. Daily. Sometimes multiple times in a day, lol. But with Christ we can do all things, that includes surrender. Letting go and letting God. God’s got you. Surrender allows you to rest. It’s ok to rest in Him.
Love and blessings