Surrender sounds like such a wimpy term from a worldly perspective. I have my rights! I am in charge and can make my own decisions! I can do as I please as long as it does not hurt anyone else! We have all seen pictures from World War II surrendered troops marching to a prisoner of war camp as armed guards keep them under control. Imagine for a moment one of the prisoners decides they are not going to surrender. What would happen if they decided to do things their way and fight? Most likely they would either be beaten or killed neither is a good option.
We too are getting beaten and killed in life by our failure to surrender our life to Christ. Where are we getting beaten and killed? Here are just a few areas addictions, divorce, pornography, greed, selfishness, anger, eating habits, resentment, self-control, sexual immorality and uncontrolled electronic device usage (Satan’s latest addiction) to name a few.
We tend to surrender for a while. If things do not go as we think, which normally means easy, we decide to do it our way again, mostly because it is comfortable to us. Should sin ever be a comfort for a child of God? One thing I had to admit to myself is the reason I do certain sins over and over is because I enjoy it. What I was really saying with my actions is “I want Jesus in me but in this area I like leaving him out”. This is a very tough thing for me to admit but it was true. The Holy Spirit is great at allowing us to sink into a pit we dug on our own until we realize the only way out is through obedience to God’s word. I have learned sin always has a price and sometimes the cost which Satan never shows us is way more than we wanted to pay.
I remember how surrendering to the Lord sounded like I was going to have to give up a lot of things I enjoyed. If I truly surrendered would I still cuss which seems so natural? Would I be able to watch the same movies/shows, after all I am grown I can certainly see a little nudity, hear the F word and cursing now and then? I mean really what is wrong with it everyone watches these types of shows. I know some good Christian people who do the same thing! I sure don’t want to be known as a “goody two shoes” I want to fit in! If I surrender will I be able to keep the same friends? Will I have to give up the dirty jokes/comments I often used to make people laugh? Have you ever thought these things? Years ago I sure did.
In reality I realized my concerns were actually a lie from the enemy. When we surrender what we really give up is fear, anxiety, hopelessness, unworthiness, anger, resentment, unforgiveness, self-pity, poor judgment, self-centeredness, uncontrollable outburst, unwholesome speech, disrespect and sexual immorality.
If we lose something logic tells me I have to gain something. What is gained joy, peace, fulfillment, purpose, hope, love, grace, mercy, value, true freedom, faith, holiness, deliverance from addictions, self respect, self-control, self worth and a life “really” devoted to seeking the Lord.
I challenge you to look at your life and find the areas where you need to surrender in order to gain the things of value. Find God’s promises in the bible that allow you to know we do not have to live an oppressed and out of control. For example if unworthiness is a problem cling to Psalm 139-14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Every time unworthiness creeps into your mind quote the verse that fights the lie. Google is a great way to quickly find verses that are life changing.
Surrender is a process that can take a very long time or a short time. The decision is totally ours because God will not make us do anything against our own stubborn will. We can put it off for a tomorrow which will never come or we can decide today to take our top 1-2 concerns and finally lay then at the foot of the cross. Once you surrender the first 1-2 take some more. The only thing you will gain by your persistence is a glorious life, a Godly character and a good night’s sleep!!!! God thinks you are worth it!