“The Need for Surrender”

March 11, 2019

Surrender: A cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.

Surrender is not a word we like to hear. And it’s no wonder why! Surrender is most often associated with losing to an enemy, and who wants that? But Christians are called to live a life of surrender. God is not our enemy, and he is not opposing us. He’s our loving heavenly Father who has great plans for our lives. He cares more for us than we probably can ever understand. Yet in order for him to work in our life the way he wants to, we have to become people of surrender.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5

Surrender for a Christian does not mean losing. In God’s upside-down kingdom, surrender is the way we win victory. Just as Jesus surrendered his throne in heaven and his life on earth to gain the victory over sin, death and the grave, it is through surrender that we’ll walk out the victorious life God has called us to.

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’” Matthew 26:39

We’re not always going to feel good about surrendering. We may feel hurt and battle with pride. To others, our surrender could look silly and illogical, but we have to trust--as Jesus did--that whatever is on the other side of our surrender is worth more than we know. On the other side of Jesus’ surrender was salvation for us, and he became King of kings and Lord of lords. The other side of his surrender held greatness, and the same is true for us. God has designed a life of meaning and impact for all of us, but the only way we’ll experience it is by submitting to his will and way for us.

God sees all things throughout all eternity, and we only see in part. A very small part. We probably will never comprehend what God can do with our surrender, but we know God can use it to change the lives of many who are far beyond our reach.  What areas in life are you hesitant to surrender to God?

Prayer points:

  1. Ask for the Holy Spirit to show you what areas you’ve still not surrendered to God.

  2. Ask God to show you what he wants to do with your life.

  3. Pray for our City Church community to be completely surrendered to God and his will for this church and our city.