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Total Surrender


Surrender is a word that, in American culture, has some serious baggage. Surrender is typically talked about in a negative way. Yet, followers of Jesus are asked to surrender to God, fully. 

What does that look like? How do you “surrender to God?” And, what are you surrendering?

Surrendering your life to God means you pray (and live out), “your will, Lord, not mine.” You make the realization that life isn’t about you, it’s about him. You hold your plans and your future with an open hand and allow God to have his way.

Why? Because you trust that your creator loves you and knows what is best for you. Because you have a healthy “fear of the Lord,” meaning, you’ve chosen to trust that God is who he says he is. He is holy, he is mighty, and he is worthy of your surrender.

Jesus says…

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

And, we don’t just surrender once. This is a daily practice. We wake up and tell God, “Lord, today I want to live for your will, not mine. Show me what you want me to do today, and I will do it.”

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

What do you get when you surrender to God?

Jesus tells us that we will have life.

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

 When you surrender your life to God, you have new life through Jesus Christ. When you surrender your plans and your future over to God, and you follow his will, you have the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings on your side (that should be plenty reason).

But here are a few more…

He will make your paths straight.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6)

He will work all things together for good. (This is only a promise for those who love him and follow him).

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

He will give you peace that will even get you through hard times.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

If you want forgiveness and peace and joy that you’ve never known before, God requires total surrender. He becomes the Lord and the ruler of your life. And, he is a good God who makes an incredible ruler of your life.