Friday, August 07, 2009

surrender

Surrender to God through Christ is important because we need to submit our wills to God's will, something at the heart of what Jesus showed us in his life and teaching.

Too often we see surrender as merely passive. We give up and give in, and then, so to speak, go with the flow. There is a true sense in which it is passive in that in true surrender we accept God's will and way for us, against our own will and way.

But surrender needs to be seen as also active. We actively pursue God's will, and seek to follow his ways. We seek to continue to unlearn the old "in Adam" as we seek to keep learning the new "in Christ."

Surrender involves joining a new side, and becoming active on that side. Finding a new way of life and purpose for living, that indeed gives us life through Jesus by the Spirit for God and for the world.

What have you found in your own life about surrender, or what would you like to add here?

4 comments:

nAncY said...

i heard three words on the radio lately that seems to fit here very well. one of the Christian shows, and i can't remember which one. the main message was.

don't look back

your words suggest to me the essence of looking forward, setting my sights forward and on the goal, on Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

Every Square Inch said...

Surrender is about trusting God to do good to us and to glorify Himself

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,

Yes. Getting rid of what is wrong does not good if we don't replace it with what is right and good through Jesus.

Ted M. Gossard said...

ESI,

Good thought and way of putting it! All for our true good and God's glory. Thanks!