During the weekend message, Sarah Bucher shared some practical ways to surrender ourselves to God by “requesting, releasing, and receiving” from him. God loved us when we were yet sinners, and his desire for us is to surrender our lives to his love and will. Unfortunately, we resist turning over that false sense of control we all love so much, even to God.
As we go through life, many of us depend on certain things or people to find our purpose, happiness, satisfaction, and peace. Clinging to these false earthly saviors (idols) are pointless and cannot provide the true love we long for. The love only God can give us.
Jesus gives us an example of this on the night he was betrayed by Judas. He knew his Father’s will, and feeling his soul’s anguish, he went off to pray alone.
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
This distress did not come from any lack of desire to do the will of God, nor was he a victim to circumstances beyond his control. To Jesus, having obedience to the Father (God) and his divine plan for reconciling God and man was more important than his own desire—avoiding the physical suffering and temporary separation from his Father that would occur when he accepted the sins of the world upon himself.
1 Timothy 2:5
For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.
So Jesus opened his hands in full surrender and placed the situation completely under God’s control, knowing that God’s perfect will can be trusted. God’s got this!
Jesus received supernatural strength in his time of weakness in order to receive God’s plan. When we open our hands in surrender, God fills them up with his strength, peace, and presence. He gives us everything we need.
Because we live on this side of heaven, pain is a part of our story, even as it was for Jesus. In Romans 8:28 we read, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” When you trust in God, you can trade your fear for freedom and confidently rest in your surrender to him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Jesus’ example teaches us to make our request to God and release our own desires to receive God’s plan. The good in Jesus’ story was that his surrender redeemed the whole world, providing a bridge for us to God.
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
Do you want to know and do God’s will for your life? Can you take the step to surrender your will today? What’s holding you back from giving up control and trusting in God?
You can search all your life, but you will never find what you are looking for outside of God. So, raise your hands and surrender your life and your will to him today.
Father God, you love us so much that you sent the only one who could save us from our sinful nature to pay the price demanded for our choosing sin and self over you—Jesus Christ—the perfect Lamb of God, the flawless sacrifice for our sins. Please forgive me, Lord, for playing god. Help me to release my own grip from my problems and plans and turn them over to you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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