When you think of the word surrender, what comes to mind? Is it victory, freedom, and breakthrough? Or is it defeat, captivity, and loss? Victory through surrender doesn’t sound like something the world would find logical. But isn’t that just like God to choose things the world considers foolish? God doesn’t think like us because He sees the beginning and the end and His ways are far beyond anything we could imagine.
For example, did you know God doesn’t want what’s good for you? That’s right! He actually wants what’s best for you. Jesus tells us if we want to be His followers, we must give up our own way, take up our cross daily, and follow Him. And if we give up our life (basically surrender our life to Him for His sake), we’ll save it and not lose it. If you truly believe this in your heart and know this in your mind, you can live a life surrendered to Him without concern. However, if you struggle with inviting God into every area of your life, mistrust might take root.
It’s difficult to surrender anything to someone we don’t trust, but by spending time with God and getting to know Him, we learn how loving, faithful, and trustworthy He is. We can do this by reading our Bible daily, seeking Him in prayer, and building relationships with like-minded friends who are also pursuing God for their life.