Seek, Surrender, and be Steadfast

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I met my best friend in high school, but we weren’t best friends until years later. In high school, we hung out with a lot of the same people and had some fun times (sleepovers, going to dances, etc.), but it wasn’t until college that our friendship really grew. We didn’t go to the same university, but what time we spent together was meaningful. We played catch-up via phone calls (landline phones, ha!) and eventually email. We got to a point that no matter how much time had passed since seeing one another, we could pick up right where we left off. Our friendship was, and is, deep.

In our 20s, our friendship was vital as we walked through a very painful season together following her husband’s death from cancer. Because of the trust and love we had built over the years, she was able to share honestly about her struggles with losing her spouse, especially at such a young age. Since then, she is the one (besides my husband) with whom I can fully share the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY of life without judgment. And to this day, we still talk each other out of pits, point each other to Christ, and have some fun along the way.

She is my best friend, and I trust her.

This week, we have talked about surrender. In order to surrender to someone, you need to trust them. It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know. And while Tonya is my best friend, my bestest friend is God. I learned a lot about God for 24 years, but May of 1997 is when I surrendered to him.

The first step of being on the adventure with God is knowing him. If you don’t know God or anything about him, I encourage you to “seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). He’s not hiding but actually wants a relationship with you. In fact, the Bible says “come close to God, and God will come close to you” (James 4:8). Go to a church service or attend online. Start reading the Bible (the book of John is a good place to start) to know him more.

If you already know about God, maybe it’s time to surrender.

  • Believe that “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).
  • Declare that “Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” and “you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
  • Give up your way and seek to follow HIS way. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2).

Finally, if you’ve known God for a while, continue steadfastly and give yourself “completely to God” (Romans 6:13). Just like I got to know Tonya more intimately over the years, the more time and effort you take to know God, the more you can trust him. “Those who know your name trust in you” (Psalm 9:10).

This is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (John 17:3).

Do you know God? What steps can you take to know him more?

Next Steps:
The more time you spend with someone, the better you will get to know them. Carve out time to spend with God. If this is not a daily habit for you already, start with a doable commitment (reading this LivingItOut Bible Study every day, for example). If you’ve known God for a while now, take steps to know him more. Spend time studying the Word, talk with him in prayer, and surround yourself with others that are also seeking to know him more. As you know God more, you’ll be on a path of finding freedom, discovering your purpose, and making a difference in lives around you.

Dear God, I want to know you more. As I walk along the path of knowing you more, increase my faith and help me to trust you. God, I surrender myself and my way to you. Help me to know you more and give myself completely to you. In Jesus’ name, amen. (P.S. I pray that my daughter’s wedding goes well this weekend and that you’re glorified throughout their wedding day and in their marriage.)

This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.

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5 replies
  1. Jaron Camp
    Jaron Camp says:

    “It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know.” You are right about that, Kendra. We can’t have a meaningful relationship with people unless we get to know them, and the same goes for God. We have to spend time with him by praying, reading his truth, and praising him, so our relationship can grow.

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I have a friend like this. I am so grateful for her. I am also grateful for God in my life. I need to get back to reading more of his word and my journal. Thanks for sharing today Kendra. I pray that all goes well with the wedding and your family will glorify God for generations to come. In Jesus name, amen.

  3. T
    T says:

    It is hard to trust someone you don’t know. For me knowing him was the first step. I thought I knew him but now looking back I don’t believe I truly knew him. Its hard to explain but I knew just enough but I was missing out on what he has to offer. I trusted myself or others for what I needed. I’m thankful that I knew just enough because I knew I needed to cry out to him when my world was upside down. That led me to putting my trust in God and I went on a journey to study his word to figure out who he is and who he says I am. I never knew what I was missing all my life. He changes you and gives you freedom. Jesus becomes someone you need, praise and talk to every single day. His people help you to connect, to bring clarity and to see how you can help. His word is something that you continually look to, to guide you and give you his truth and to keep you on the right track. Fear is loud for me but God is bigger and I think we learn something new about ourselves everyday when we surrender to him.

  4. Kendra
    Kendra says:

    T – Thank you for sharing. That is my story too – that I knew about God – and enough about him to cry out to him. So glad you are finding freedom through knowing God. 🙂

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