Today we continue our thoughts on surrender. Certainly one of the most difficult challenges of the Christian life is surrender. It’s even more difficult to internalize the concept when we realize that Jesus only accepts “unconditional” surrender.
However, with surrender comes freedom. Freedom to trust that God’s way is the right way and the best way.
Devotional writer Katherine J. Walden wrote,
“The enemy knows that without surrender, we will never experience the freedom that God offers us. Without surrender, we will remain spiritually malnourished, ill and confused. Without surrender, our foxholes become prisons of the enemy’s making. Our lack of full surrender limits God’s ability to both work in our lives and through our lives.
God’s call to surrender is not an intimidating, angry bark heard from the other side of a battlefield. God’s invitation to surrender is expressed through the example of his Son, Jesus, as described in Philippians 2:5-11.”
Philippians 2:5-11, NIV ‘83. The Apostle Paul wrote,
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Thank you for the example of Jesus who teaches me to surrender all to you. I pray for the strength to open my clinched fist and surrender all to you. Today and every day.
In Jesus and with the guidance of the Spirit,