The implications of the term “surrender” are pretty strong:
a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand
b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another
c : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner
d : to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence)
It is no wonder that at the sound of the word, the human heart and soul tend to shudder. However, as Christians, we are called to surrender to God. We are called to surrender to God in perfect obedience…hence the problem…ever since the first time we were told to remain obedient to God´s Word, we failed (see exhibit A in Genesis: Adam and Eve).
Jesus tells us repeatedly in the Gospels to drop everything, even our own lives, and follow Him…but we hesitate…we don´t want to leave our loved ones behind. We don´t want to give up our fortune or our possessions. We don´t like the uncertainty of the unknown. We like our comfort zone.
The reality is, however, that the tighter we hold on to our lives, the less we become. The only way to be who we are designed to be is to let go of our very own lives so we can regain our true selves:
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10: 39
If we look at the different definitions of surrender, again, we see an element of loss…as in a war. That is exactly what must happen within us in order to achieve true surrender to Our Lord. We must wage a crude war within until we put to death self and yield control completely to the power of the One and Only God, the Lord Almighty.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19: 14