Luke 14:33 – “So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” [Amplified]
The word “surrender” conjures up in our minds an army that has been defeated under bloody circumstances and giving-in to the authority of the victorious opponent under pressure. Therefore, we have a negative mentality towards surrender. But to a Christian, surrender has a whole new meaning. Here is how I define surrender, “Yielding in total abandonment to God [Superior Power], giving up all rights in acknowledgment and acceptance of His divine Will [authority].”
Change occurs at the point of surrender. We can call ourselves a disciple of Christ, only when we are willing to surrender….everything to God. Every turning-point in your life is a result of surrender. “Surrender-moments” are moments of destiny. As we look at four personalities from the Bible, I would like to expound about surrender from the Word of God.
Act of Obedience to God’s Word – Noah
Genesis 6:22 – “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
The first aspect of surrender to God is obedience, of which Noah is a perfect example. He pleased God by obeying God implicitly. When God decided to destroy the earth with flood, He commanded Noah to build an ark. Until that time it had not rained on the earth, but still Noah obeyed God. Obedience breeds the blessings of God in your life, for it pleases God like nothing else! God speaks to us through His “Rhema” Word [which is a specific spoken word, to a specific person for a specific time] and through the “Written” Word, which is the Bible. The primary way to surrender to God is to obey His Word.
Affirmation of Faith in God’s Way – Abraham
Genesis 22:1-5 – “1Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”And he said, “Here I am.” 2Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
Surrendering to God means to place utmost faith in His Ways. Abraham’s life was marked by the faith he displayed in God. He probably did not understand why God was demanding his promised son Isaac to be offered as a sacrifice, but he chose to trust His Word and His way. God will NOT lead you through a path that will destroy you. He knows the best WAY for you and He wants the ultimate good for your life. Faith is being confident of God’s love and surrendering to His ways. Isaiah 55:8 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. God’s ways are not like man’s ways, His knowledge and methods are unfathomable!
Approach of Selflessness to God’s Work – Esther
Esther 4:16 – “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Queen Esther proved her selflessness when she chose to risk her life and approach the King to plead for the Jews – God’s chosen people. Surrendering to God means to be self-less to the work of God. There is no room for ‘selfishness’ in the Kingdom of God. Your miracle comes when you stop thinking about yourself. When you are willing to let go off your rights and are willing to deny yourself, you have reached the point of surrender. When God’s Work takes priority above your interests you have surrendered to God. In Isaiah 6, we see how dramatically the prophet Isaiah surrendered to God and cried out, “Lord, send me!” When he saw a vision of God, he just surrendered to the work that was assigned to him!
Attitude of Submission to God’s Will – Jesus Christ
Matthew 26:39 – “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
The fourth and final aspect of surrender is total submission to God’s Will. The Son of God is the perfect example of submission! The writer of Hebrews says that God heard His cries because of Jesus’ reverent submission. [Hebrews 5:7] The Cross is a sign of sacrificial obedience to God’s Will. Christians are known by the CROSS – because this is where surrender completed the work!
The Apostle Paul called himself a bondservant to Christ [Romans 1:1], with the knowledge that the Bible calls us prisoners of hope [Zechariah 9:12]. Surrendering is the only way to live as a child of God. Your moment of destiny lies at the point of your surrender. Yield to the will of God and let God’s wonderful plan unfold before you!
Because He lives!
Rev. Dr. Ernest V. George
Founder & Senior Pastor