Surrender is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the following:
: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed
: to give the control or use of (something) to someone else
: to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you
In our culture and society, surrender is seen as weakness. Especially when independence is seen as a positive quality. There is a sense of pride knowing that we can take care of ourselves without the need to depend on someone else. So to surrender is to admit that we are incapable of succeeding on our own, which is the complete opposite of allowing something else to influence or control our lives.
But Jesus teaches that surrender is the only way.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
To deny ourselves is essentially saying no to self, and yes to God. We are to surrender our own desires, and submit to the desires of our Lord. Jesus lived the life that not one of us could. In that life, he showed us how to be completely surrendered to the will of his Father.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
In the moments leading to the crucifixion, Jesus denied his own will for the will of the Father. He knew all that he would have to endure. And endured it for the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2).
There is freedom in surrender. We no longer have to worry about being self sufficient, and in control of every aspect of our lives. We no longer have to worry about being good enough. We can relax, be rested, and know that our Lord is in control. The Lord who is sovereign over all things. Who created this world through Jesus (John 1:3). We are free from our selfs.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
There is no better way to give thanks to our God by living every day in surrender to the one who saved you!