Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Call to Surrender

I heard our loving God spoke to me about surrendering to Him in the past weeks. About two weeks ago, somehow my spirit received God's (rhema) Word when I heard a preacher mentioned, "to surrender to Him everything including His call and giftings for us since we are nothing without Him (paraphrased)".

This word "surrender" has caused an 'uneasiness' within me in the beginning because I have yet to grasp the full meaning and intent of the Spirit of God when He quickened this word to me. There's definitely a lot of chewing (pondering and meditating) to be done.

As the Holy Spirit begins to enlighten my understanding on what He's saying to me concerning surrendering to God, I begin to receive more of His life and love. There's just such a longing for Him.

Firstly, I begin to understand that a call to surrender is an echo of His love. For a call to surrender is the prelude to His manifest blessings in our lives. The key to the fulfillment of His promises in our lives is summed in one word: surrender. Oftentimes, we grow weary of waiting for the fulfillment of His word. But the period of waiting is so necessary in the divine plan and purpose of the Almighty Creator. It is through the waiting period, we learn to surrender. When Jesus lived on this earth, little was mentioned about the first thirty years of His life. His silent (surrendered) years culminated in the obedient act of baptism before the launch of his public ministry.

A surrendered life also means the death of our "self" lives. The apostle Paul shared his secret of powerful life and ministry in Galatians 2:20 (which shed more light into the understanding of living a surrendered life) - "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me". When we yield and surrender our lives to Him, we tap on a higher surrendered life - His zoe life, the "Amen" life of Jesus. And what greater motivation for us to respond to this call to surrender than His love. As His love floods our souls and melts our hearts, we are just compelled by His love to yield our hopes, plans and ambitions for His good and perfect will.

Here's a song that aptly expresses a lovely response to God's call to surrender: -

Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.

For it's only in Your will that I am free,
For it's only in Your will that I am free,
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.



Scriptures for meditation:
1. I am dead and my life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
2. He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Reactions:

0 responses:

Post a Comment