As a verb, surrender means to give up control. It is not a popular idea in our culture. We live in a “me first” world—my rights, my ideas, my beliefs, my life. Rarely do we see someone who is willing to fully surrender control of his or her life to anyone else, even the God of the universe. We just don’t like the idea of not being in control.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”—Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
A surrendered life is what God calls all believers to live—a life that denies self and embraces Christ. What does surrender look like for a Christian who is on mission?
- Putting the needs of others first
- Stepping out in obedience, even when it is hard or unpopular
- Seeking God’s direction
- Finding an area of service and working hard
- Being in touch with the work of the Holy Spirit—moving when He moves
Take a few minutes to evaluate your life. Can you honestly say you are surrendered to God in every way? What is 1 area you need to surrender to Him today?
Beth Holmes is a stay-at-home mom, blogger, gardener, and community ministry advocate who lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. Read more of her adventures at BethHolmes.wordpress.com.