'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.' Matthew 16:24 NIV
Surrender doesn't mean being passive and just letting things happen to us. God's will for our lives involves being creative, making choices and taking initiative. It doesn't mean we stop using our mind, asking questions or thinking critically.
Jesus didn't come to rearrange the outside of our lives the way we want; he comes to rearrange the inside of our lives the way God wants. In surrender, we recognise that we're no longer the centre of everything; instead we believe that God is. In surrender we become obedient to him. Jesus was very clear about this when he said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me' (Matthew 16:24 NIV). Following Jesus means we put his desires and ways first. It means we stop thinking about ourselves, and think about him. This may sound extreme, but it's not detrimental to us - we're not surrendering to a harsh, demanding God.
The Bible says: 'Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun' (Psalm 37:5-6 NCV). He promises to take care of us. We can surrender to him, depend on him, and trust him.
So what now? Surrender (or re-surrender) your life to God. Ask him to lead and guide you in the ways you should go. You are surrendering to a loving Father who wants the best for you.
Soulfood: Matt 5:4, Isa 51:1-16, Ps 30, 2 Cor 1:3-7