This week I want to talk about definitions of surrender and what it means for us in the kingdom of God. In general when we surrender ourselves to God we are casting all upon Him and fully trusting in Him. That’s what we initially do when we accept Jesus as Savior.
Job 12:7-10, 13, 16a, 22; 13:15a, 16a. For these verses, I want you to think of surrender in the context of giving up your will and subjecting your thoughts, ideas and works to the will and teachings of THE higher being, God. Consider who He is.
But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? With him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding. With him our strength and prudence. He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadows of death to light. Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him. He also shall be my salvation.
He who is creator of all things is worthy of our trust to surrender ourselves fully. Oh that is so hard….to give ourselves FULLY to the One who made us and saved us.
To abandon, or to indulge oneself entirely to another. Can you say you love God with abandon? In this definition’s context have you surrendered yourself to God above all? I think many would say they’ve surrendered themselves to God but have you truly?
Think about it, to indulge in God in such away you abandon ALL things for Him.
Isaiah 64:8 says But now, O LORD; You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
As the potter works the clay, it almost fights back against the hands trying to mold it. He keeps spinning the wheel adding water as he works to keep the clay soft. He shapes it, molds it, firmly yet delicately with his hands. Using the necessary tools, he adds touches here & there and as the clay finally yields the envisioned piece takes shape.
We are the clay. He is the potter. When we abandon self & give ourselves entirely to the One, who made us from dust & to dust we shall return (Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19); oh how different our lives would be.
What piece is the master molding of you today? Are you willing to surrender to His work?
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:34-38
What do these verses have to do with surrender? Well, it’s about consciously letting go. What do you consciously have to let go of to truly follow Christ? Possessions. Family. Money. Your life. The answer is yes to all of these things. They all may be required of you at some point in time.
If you were truly to look inside yourself today and Christ asked you to give up these four things, could you? Are we holding on to the things of the world so tightly and not even realize it?
He plainly says we are to deny ourselves, take up His cross and follow Him not the other way around. We are living in a time where we are going to have to make a decision whose side we are on. Are you on the right or the left? (And I don’t mean political party) Are you for Christ or against Him? None of us would want to say that we are against Christ, but whatever we put in place of him or before him places us on the side of the enemy.
So I ask you today have you fully cast yourself upon God? Do you trust him with your life? Can you consciously let go of self and let God control?