My first thought was this: I don’t surrender well. This isn’t entirely true. (I’m hard on myself.) I’ve been struggling, but I struggle just about as much as any other person does. I’m still moving forward. I’ve accepted Jesus and I appreciate surrender—that is, that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and that we submit our lives to Him.
I also understand that it’s in my best interest to do so, but I’m human, so I don’t always accept everything with cheers of joy. Thankfully, the Lord is really amazing at shifting one’s perspective! I need this help!
We’re not expected to learn and grow overnight or on our own. There aren’t many things in this world that do. I’m reminded of the rich man who asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. (Mark 10:17-31)
Because he called Jesus “Good teacher” the Lord questioned him, pointing out that only God is good. This is very significant. It reveals and reminds us of the true character of God; He is for us not against us; There is no evil in Him; He isn’t like man; He doesn’t lie; and there is no one that cares more for us than the Lord who is merciful, compassionate and forgiving. It also reminds us that we fall short of the glory of God.
After this, Jesus tells the man that he must obey God’s commandments. The man’s response was that he’d kept all these commands since he was young. I’m glad that Scripture points out here that as Jesus looked at him he felt genuine love for Him.
Next, the rich man is told that there’s one thing that he hasn’t done. Jesus tells him to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor, and he will have treasure in heaven. For a wealthy man this is a huge surrender! Because he was very wealthy, he didn’t want to part with his riches, so he walked away sad. He didn’t understand something: earthly riches won’t help us to aquire anything lasting.
What Jesus offers, however, does last. It lasts on through eternity. So we have a choice. Are we going to hold on to the desire for shallow earthly trappings, and walk away troubled. Or will we accept Jesus superior offer with the hope and joy of a new and abundant life.
How Jesus looks at this man (with love) tells us that He had his best interests at heart. Infact, Jesus went to the cross to ensure that we could surrender all to Him. To do this in our own strength is impossible for all of us. But with God all things are possible. That’s why we receive the Holy Spirit as our teacher and helper when we accept Jesus as our Lord.
Complete surrender really doesn’t happen overnight. Thus, God gives us a lifetime. However, life is short. Therefore, we must continue to ask Him for everything we need, that we may gain the wisdom to make wise choices and appreciate what we’ve gained.
Accepting Jesus as Lord (or the one who has authority over our lives) is always step one. It’s the most important step of surrender because for the rest of the journey we have His hand and help. Not only this, but we also have the guarantee that we will receive all that God promises to those who believe that Jesus is able to save. (Hebrews 7:25)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12
I Surrender All…
“I’m giving You my dreams
I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride
For the promise of new life.”Surrender/ Vineyard Worship
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