The bravest thing we can do is surrender our life to the Almighty God! For some this is exciting and for others it is terrifying. I don’t know why we seem to view surrender as the end of everything as we know it. Maybe it is the fight that is as old as time, the fight to be in control. I learned something as I decided to leap into living a life of surrender. I give it the visual picture of me jumping off a cliff because there were many days (too many to count) where it felt like I was plunging deeper and deeper into the unknown. Something happened in those early days of living the surrendered life that completely changed my attitude. I thought it was a free fall into an unknown and that triggered feelings of fear, anxiety, and dread. How can it be that I am to surrender it all to the Lord and have such overwhelming, negative feelings?
I realized I was not free falling at all, but I was transformed by four key principles and my life was changing before my very eyes. My crisis of separation and divorce was at its most painful experiences. I found myself willing to surrender everything and anything but I could not bring myself to surrender the outcome. Until one day while reading a passage I saw hope to complete surrender – even the outcome. I wasn’t being hurled off a cliff against my will, I was choosing to surrender and in making that choice it tested my courage. With the choice to be courageous; I found the purpose of surrender.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”.
The four principles that I had to embrace was the teaching, the reproof, the correction and the training in righteousness. My problem was not the principles it my attitude toward those four things. In wrestling with that and the Lord’s ever patient love; He opened my eyes to the joy of surrender.
I was making the mistake of seeing surrender as a daily choice filled with denials and disciplines. I focused on the first part of the verse: teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. I saw surrender like a boot camp. Always giving something up or taking on something that I didn’t want to take on. Please don’t get the wrong idea, I did then and do now understand that God’s Word is helpful to instruct me in doctrine, restore me through Truth, and discipline. But for some reason, I would stop there and find my soul frozen as if I was standing at the edge of a cliff and I had to jump.
Friend, we don’t have to jump; we get to jump! YES! We get to jump freely into the wonderful unknown being held by the One who knows what has come and what will come. The omniscient one is holding you and you won’t free fall carelessly; you can make the jump gracefully. How do I know? “That the man/woman of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Surrender is so much more that the dreaded give something up, take on something, or being out of our comfort zone. Surrender is about discovering what God had planned all along. The only way to discover it is to change your attitude,like I had to. I had to align my heart with the One who made my heart. Then and only then did I realize that all the teaching, reproof, correction and training was so that I would be fit for what He had in mind. He wants to completely furnish me with all I will need to do every good work. Surrender is about being able to have all I need to accomplish all I can for Him for as long as I can – my lifetime.
Be courageous & take the risk – surrender!