‘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 that we stop using our mind, stop asking questions, or stop thinking critically. Surrender means that we acknowledge that God’s purposes and reasons are wiser and better than our desires. Jesus doesn’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 let go of our life. We recognize that we’re no longer the center of everything, and instead we believe that God is. In surrender we become obedient to Him, we do what He says. 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.’ Following Jesus means we have to put Him first. We have to 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. We’re surrendering to a loving Father Who wants the best for us. 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. Surrendering to God is the best thing that we can do.
If you feel ready, take some time to surrender (or re-surrender) your life to God. Ask Him to lead and guide you in the ways you should go.