What it means to Surrender,
As long as I can remember to surrender is something that no one ever wants to do. With all of the war movies I grew up watching to surrender meant almost certain death, a very slow death. If you were ever captured you were expected to do all you can to escape and not to give in to the enemy. So you spent all of your time looking for ways to escape and get back to the world that you came from. This has been the theme of so many movies, books, and even plays over the years that it has been embedded into us that we should never surrender. Well I am here to say that all of these were wrong.
Think about life, the life that we are supposed to have with Jesus in our lives we are supposed to surrender our lives over to Him. If we continue to try to live our lives our way then we can never have the life that God has planned for us.
Matthew 16:24-27 – “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any (man) will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” KJV
The first verse, 24, “if any (man) will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Think about it some, first of all how hard is it to really deny yourself. This means that you will stop doing all the stuff that you really like doing that in the end does nothing to help others. Anything that means being selfish and prideful.
The selfish part is probably one of the hardest things to get rid of. Anything that you do for just you, instead of someone else is selfish. You lack the consideration of others, means you are chiefly concerned with your own personal profit or pleasure. Some of you will say that is not me, I help others, I give to others, but is it your lifestyle to help others or do you only do it at certain times of the year, or do things because of the guilt that you feel? Prideful definition –pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself. I hope this does not sound like you but it has been a reflection upon myself in the past.
The next verse is one that will should really make you think. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”. The verse almost sounds like a contradiction in itself. Most of us will and have tried to save the life that we know, the one where we are only thinking of ourselves and doing the things that give us pleasure, sound familiar? But to lose your own life shall save it. Yea I know this is kind of hard to swallow but it is true. To lose your life for “my sake”, Jesus’ sake, shall find it. This means that you surrender what you know, what you have learned over the years that only profited yourself and live for God, for His sake.
The next verse talks about profit, what does it mean if a man or woman gains everything that they desire in life and then lose his soul. Still goes back to the selfishness and prideful again doesn’t it. So we go thru our lives working, saving, spending, buying, living, at least the way the world wants us to do all of these but are we doing it the right way? Are we always wanting more, more things, more toys, and just plain more? Most of the time we are. We are always wanting what others have and are we really ever satisfied with what we have been blessed with. Sounds like one of the Ten Commandments, though shall not covenant doesn’t it? If the end we gain all that we have wanted in our lives what do we have to show to God. Do you really think that we can say what a great house we have built to God and He will say well done? I do not think so. Father God will not tell anyone that has only been consumed with themselves well done.
The last verse is pretty straight forward again. When Jesus comes back in all the glory of God with His angels at his side. Think about it when Jesus comes back and His angels at his side what a glorious sight it will be. This verse tells us that He will reward everyone according to his works. Now this does not mean that he will award all the work that you did at your job if your only motivation was to buy that truck to pull that new boat to be on the lake every weekend. Some of you might laugh at this but what have you been doing with your life? If Jesus came back right now where would you stand when He reviewed your life? Would it be something that you would want to see or would it make the blooper reals?
So you hear a call, a call that hits the bottom of your soul. The call is to surrender, to give up, and to lay down your life. Will you be the one that is sitting on the ground with your hands up in the surrender poster and looking for a way out, just hoping you can escape back to the world that you know. Some will think that they are really surrendering but they will always be looking back, wondering what they left behind, never really surrendering never really dying to the world and living the life that God has called you to live.
So what will you do when you feel God calling you? Will you do all you can to ignore His call, the call that will intern save your life, or will you head His call and be able to stand knowing that when God reviews your life you will have done His work instead of your selfishness and prideful works that are only geared for your own pleasures.
In the end the choice is yours. You now know more than what you did, and will be held accountable so what will be your choice, to surrender, truly surrender or keep looking for a way to escape, escape back to the world that in the end will take your life and your chance at eternal life in Heaven. As always we pray that you choice wisely and will pray for you as well.