Surrender is Beautiful and Hard

March 20, 2017
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“God here I am. All of me. Use me however you want.”

These words might sound easy to say, but for the honest heart in touch with it’s own sin and selfishness, these words are nothing short of a miracle. These words demonstrate the powerful work of the Spirit in a heart that is His, a heart that has found the world wanting and is longing for more. A heart that is resolved to live for the only thing that will last: God’s glory and story of redeeming His creation.

These words are humble, courageous, and audacious–even scary. But oh how these words must please our Father!

For “the eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth that He might show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

God can only increase in a life that is decreased- a life that is humbly surrendered to Him.

So why do we hesitate and fear to say these words? Is it because our hearts revolt against a Way that involves a cross and possibly even persecution? Is it because we don’t believe we can do it? Is it because we don’t want to suffer or walk out of our comfort zones? I can relate to all of the above!

If we fear the cross, perhaps we haven’t grasped the resurrection power that overcomes death and sets free. If we fear letting go of our idols, perhaps we don’t yet perceive their utter emptiness and impotence. If we fear persecution, perhaps we haven’t tasted how satisfying intimacy with God is. If we fear stepping out of our comfort zones, perhaps we balk at God’s all encompassing sovereignty and the adventure that awaits. If we lack confidence in our ability to surrender, we are in the perfect place to be filled by the Spirit–for He is poised to use those who know their feeble lack apart from Him.

Discipleship costs us something, to be sure. It costs us everything. But in the words of a wise old sage, Dallas Willard, the cost of non-discipleship is far greater.

“Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10).”

Be honest with God about what fears you have in surrender. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you such that you see surrender as the safest and most joyful freedom. Then seek Him with your whole heart and dare to utter these words of surrender to God.