Surrendering our lives and desires to God can be extremely difficult and it’s a constant battle we face every day. We get caught up in this and that, we worry about our lives, our future, where we’ll work, who we’ll marry, what we’ll do tomorrow. All the while, God is just waiting, waiting for us to stop, to look to Him, to realise He has it all under control, and we would know that too, deep within our hearts, if we would just surrender it all to Him.
A perfect example of a surrendered heart is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; Matthew 26:38-39, Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a] with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus was troubled, He had a battle in His mind yet He let go, to His Father who knew best, who had a plan that would change everything.
The best stature for any heart, is surrender. Jesus had this heart.
But how can we find ourselves in a place of surrender?
1. Let Go
Imagine a tug of war, back and forth, both sides eager to win. Sometimes our mind is like this but I think what God is calling us to do is a total paradox. He calls us to surrender amidst the fight. We have already won, for Christ has won the battle for us. He is fighting, has fought and has the victory. We just need to be still, dwell, abide and wait, knowing He is God.
2. Release Yourself
Think about that gift voucher you received for your birthday. To obtain the benefit of that voucher, it needs to be handed over at the counter. It’s the same with our lives; we can’t surrender until we’ve actually released ourselves into God’s hands. When we hold onto our lives we could be missing out on so much of what God wants to do in us. God is just waiting for us to release it so He can do His will within it, as Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
Surrender is a place of peace. But we won’t completely realise it until we get there. Letting go is always the best feeling when done wholeheartedly.
About Beck Quee
Beck Quee is a 3rd Year Leadership student at C3 College and is also studying a Bachelor of Theology at Alphacrucis College. She attends and is on staff at C3 Church Carlingford. Beck enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves a fun match of tennis with her pals!