I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
If you have read many of my posts, you know that I am a fan of “three little words.” What I mean by that is…so many 3-word phrases are so powerful and emotional because of their spiritual meaning! Like, “Because He lives” for example. Those three little words represent a wonderful story of love and redemption and hope and eternity and purpose of God. Because He lives, we can have hope!
One phrase that means the most to me is, “I surrender all.” In fact, a song by that name is playing now on my stereo. I just had to stop and listen and write my thoughts down. Why does this one mean so much? Why did this phrase just now stop me in my tracks? Why does it make me feel like I have something to confess and hold my palms open and talk to Jesus?
Because it is a total game-changer and life-changer.
Because, as humans, we like to hold on to our things and our plans.
Because it is hard but necessary.
Let’s break down this tiny but special phrase.
“I”…This is who the phrase is for. Me. You can say the same. I am the one who takes charge of my life, makes decisions for my life. I make choices that I hope honor God. It is I that is making this decision with my brain and heart.
“Surrender”…this is the tough part, giving up, calling it quits, bowing to someone else’s opinion and command, stopping the fight. I have chills as I write this and grasp what surrender means in a Christian ife and how it affects our personal, entire life story.
So far, we have this thought… .”I surrender.” Even two words can be powerful! I am making the choice to give away something to someone that is a thing of value…my heart and will! Think about it. If something is not valuable, you would not use the word, surrender. Surrender is reserved for something you value…your fight to be in control.
“ALL”…that last word is hardest to wrap my head around. You? Do we really want to give all, absolutely everything, every idea, every desire, every dislike, every sin, every material good, every selfish thought over to Jesus? But that’s so hard to do, right? All I know is…. The enemy will tell us it is hard but yet, not so much! It’s rather nice to lean on someone who knows all! We can trust God because He never varies and is good and loves us! Giving all is our offering to Him.
“I surrender all”…The enormity of this whole phrase is in the fact that we CHOOSE to surrender all things we hold dear to someone we love more than anything else. Isn’t that a scary thought, but more wonderful than scary? We have a God that can and will guide us through our entire lives and carry us the whole way if necessary! We get from God way more than we give, so it is a no-brainer to follow His first commandment. We are to surrender to and hold most dear, out of everything, our God. The first commandment tells us,
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 NIV
Surrendering everything is easy to say but harder to do because we are human and we like to think we can control our own lives. You know best and You love us best. Help us to remember that YOU surrendered Your precious Son for us. Help us to remember the surrender of our Savior. He gave all. He obeyed You. He held not one thing back. Please guide us Lord in Your path, Your way and nudge us when we get off track. We love You so much! Amen.
Love to all with the love of our Father. I hope you have a blessed and surrendered day.:)