Surrender

Because you say so, I will.” Lk 5:5 NIV

Until we accept and coop­er­ate with the law of grav­i­ty, we can’t fly. Until we accept and coop­er­ate with the law of eco­nom­ics, we can’t suc­ceed in busi­ness. Get­ting the idea? Sur­ren­der­ing to God is not weak­ness, it’s wis­dom. Only a fool resists God, because it’s a fight you can’t win. It’s in sur­ren­der­ing to Him that you are empow­ered to suc­ceed in what He’s called you to do. Sur­ren­der is demon­strat­ed by obe­di­ence. It’s say­ing, “Yes, Lord” to what­ev­er He asks. To say, “No, Lord” is a con­tra­dic­tion. How can we call Jesus “Lord,” and refuse to obey Him? (See Lk 6:46 NKJV).

Peter demon­strat­ed true sur­ren­der when Jesus told him to try again. “Mas­ter, we have toiled all night and caught noth­ing; nev­er­the­less at Your word I will let down the net.’ And when they had done this, they caught a great num­ber of fish” (Lk 5:5–6 NKJV). Sur­ren­dered peo­ple obey God even when it does­n’t seem to make sense. Abra­ham fol­lowed God with­out know­ing where it would take him. Han­nah wait­ed on God’s tim­ing with­out know­ing when. Mary expect­ed a mir­a­cle with­out know­ing how. Joseph trust­ed God’s plan with­out know­ing why cir­cum­stances hap­pened as they did. Each was ful­ly sur­ren­dered to God, and they came out on top. ‘How will I know I’m ful­ly sur­ren­dered?’ you ask. When you rely on God to work things out instead of try­ing to manip­u­late oth­ers, force your own agen­da or con­trol the sit­u­a­tion. You don’t have to be in charge, you sim­ply let go and let God have His way.

When you start to do things God’s way instead of your own, you expe­ri­ence three great ben­e­fits: First, you have peace. ‘Sub­mit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you’ (Job 22:21 NIV). Sec­ond, you have free­dom. ‘Offer your­selves to the ways of God and the free­dom nev­er quits’ (Ro 6:17 TM). Third, you have pow­er. “Sub­mit to God. Resist the dev­il and he will flee from you” (Jas 4:7 NKJV). Stub­born temp­tations and over­whelm­ing prob­lems are defeat­ed by Christ the moment you sur­ren­der. As Joshua approached the walls of Jeri­cho he encoun­tered God, fell down and wor­shipped, sur­ren­dered his plans and said, “What does my Lord say to His ser­vant?” (Joshua 5:14 NKJV). Joshua’s sur­ren­der led to a spec­tac­u­lar vic­to­ry. Here’s a para­dox: vic­to­ry comes through sur­ren­der! Sur­ren­der does­n’t weak­en you, it strength­ens you. Sur­ren­dered to God, you don’t have to fear sur­ren­der­ing to any­thing else. William Booth, founder of the Sal­va­tion Army, said, “The great­ness of a man’s pow­er is in the mea­sure of his sur­ren­der.” Even­tu­al­ly, every­body sur­ren­ders to some­thing. If not to God, you’ll sur­ren­der to the opin­ions and expec­ta­tions of oth­ers, to mon­ey, to resent­ment, to fear, to your on lusts or ego. You’re free to choose what­ev­er you sur­ren­der to, but you’re not free from the con­se­quences of that choice. E. Stan­ley Jones said, “if you don’t sur­ren­der to Christ, you sur­ren­der to chaos.” The supreme exam­ple is Jesus. The night before His cru­ci­fix­ion He sur­ren­dered to God’s plan, say­ing, “I want your will, not mine.” And He is your exam­ple!

One of the great lead­ers of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry was Bill Bright, founder of Cam­pus Cru­sade. Through the Four Spir­i­tu­al Laws tract and the Jesus film (seen by over four bil­lion), more than 150 mil­lion peo­ple were won to Christ. When asked why God had used him so effec­tive­ly, Bill replied, “When I was a young man I made a con­tract with God. I lit­er­al­ly wrote it out and signed my name at the bot­tom. It said, ‘From this day for­ward I am a slave of Jesus Christ.” Pic­ture your­self chained like a slave to an oar, row­ing to the drum­beat of a gal­ley mas­ter till the day you die—that’s sur­ren­der!

Sur­ren­der isn’t just the best way to live—it’s the only way! All oth­er approach­es lead to frus­tra­tion. The Bible calls sur­ren­der “your rea­son­able ser­vice” (Ro 12:1). Your wis­est moments will always be those when you say yes to God. Some­times it takes years, but even­tu­al­ly you dis­cov­er that the great­est hin­drance to God’s bless­ing in your life—is you. You can­not ful­fill His pur­pos­es while you’re focus­ing only on your own plans and self- inter­est. If God is going to do His deep­est work in you, it will begin with sur­ren­der. So give it all to God: your past regrets, your present prob­lems, your future ambi­tions, your fears, your dreams, your weak­ness­es, your habits, your hurts and hang-ups. Put Jesus in the dri­ver’s seat, and take your hands off the wheel. Don’t be afraid; noth­ing that is under His con­trol can ever be out of con­trol. Sur­ren­dered to Christ, you can han­dle any­thing life throws at you.

Source: The World for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL — USA