Completely Surrendered.

{SURRENDER} ~ I remember a long time ago when that word scared me. It was many years ago. It was before I came to fully trust Jesus Christ. I can recall sitting in church, youthful and full of plans for “my life”. I heard lots of sermons about surrender. I heard lots of talk about laying down your life for Christ. As an older teen, handing the reins over to the guy in the sky was an outrageous concept. “What if I don’t like His plans?” No thanks. Even after I came to salvation, I was yet to realize He actually would require complete surrender. I also didn’t know that He would walk me through the valley to the place where I would realize I had no business making plans that were not filtered through His will. I had no idea His plans, they were the best plans.
The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Yes and Amen. I want that. I want nothing but God’s GOOD and PLEASING WILL for my life, for the lives of my family and friends. I want that for everyone.
But only Christ gives that, and it requires an individual to completely surrender their hearts and lives to Him.
Sometimes we give our hearts to Jesus, but we keep our bodies, or we keep our plans. We say we love Jesus, but we can dress however we want. We say we love Jesus, but we don’t need to pray about life decisions. We say we love Jesus but we don’t need to pray… at all.
We can’t keep some things and toss a prayer of salvation at Him. He’s so patient and He helps us work this stuff out. New Christians often need a little time to learn and grow. But if we have been “Christians” for years and our fruit isn’t totally obvious, well, we lack surrender.
My prayer this morning is that you will completely surrender every nook and cranny of your heart and life to Jesus, so that you can experience His good and pleasing will for your life.

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