Most of us don’t like the word surrender. It sounds like giving up, giving in, letting someone else take over our lives. It sounds like an unhappy ending to a long war. And it sounds risky. Actually surrender can be all those things.
When we look at it spiritually, though, we realize surrender to God isn’t defeat, it’s voluntarily giving control of everything to him. And it’s not risky. Yielding to him is the safest thing we can do!
And there are rewards: “It is wonderful what miracles God works in wills that are utterly surrendered to Him. He turns hard things into easy and bitter things into sweet.” (Hannah Whitall Smith).
Have you ever surrendered everything to God? Holding nothing back? If not, today may be the day to do that. Then I’ve found I need to re-surrender on occasion because the me in me creeps back in to take back control from God. Here’s my prayer of surrender for today, maybe it can be yours, too:
I surrender my body to you – its health, shape, aches, its need for protection, and its power.
I surrender my heart to you – its wounds, desires, regrets, and hopes.
I surrender my mind to you – its learning, meditations, its every thought.
I surrender my spirit to you – gladly, joyfully, for its keeping for all of eternity.
My whole self, Lord. Nothing kept back, no place you can’t enter – without reservation, without restriction – forever.
“. . . offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.-“ Romans 6:13b