Supreme Surrender 2
When we receive Jesus as Savior, we are also surrendering our hearts and ourselves to Him. In Christendom today, there is not enough understanding of that surrender and the value and importance of it. Many times, we don*t even want to do it. And it is very unnatural.
At the end of World War II, Germany and Japan surrendered to the Allies. In the first few years after the war, we largely rebuilt those two nations. Germany and Japan are far better off today and ever since than they were before WWII. That*s the way it is with Christianity. When we surrender to the Lord, He rebuilds us into something far better than we were before. The less we surrender to Him, the less joyful our lives will be, and the less useful we will be to Him. The greater our surrender to Him, the greater will be our Christian life and usefulness to Him.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The more completely we are yielded to Him, the more complete will be our knowledge of His will.
I was going full-speed ahead down the highway of my own life. God*s salvation was not one of my goals. God*s salvation was an intrusion into my life. If you think about it, you will realize salvation was really an intrusion into your life also. God stopped us much as He did Paul on the Damascus road. The matter of surrender is something we struggle against in this flesh all of our lives.
We tend to seek control over our lives. We tend to believe our being in control of our lives will make us happy. The fact is, when we are in control the happiness is fleeting and there is always a certain emptiness in us. The Apostle Paul provides the Biblical evidence that we are wrong when we don*t surrender to God*s control. Paul was the most surrendered man of his time. He had more persecution and problems than anyone I know of but the Lord gave him victory in and over all of it.
II Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Wow!! Paul even surrendered his health to God.
Someone might ask the question, was Paul happy? I think he was the happiest man on the face of the earth.
Acts 26:2: I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
Paul was on trial before a king who had the power to take his life or lock him up and throw away the key. Under those circumstances, if I were there without the Lord, I would be pretty nervous. I don*t think I would be happy, but Paul said he was. Paul was in exactly the place where God wanted him at exactly the right time doing exactly what God wanted him to do.
There is something that happens to me when I am serving the Lord, whether I am preaching or preparing a Bible Study. I am somehow more alive, more energized. I think thoughts I have never thought in my life before. There is a joy and an excitement I can*t fully explain. When I am not serving the Lord, I am flat and dull, kind of a dud. I am useless, even to myself. Life is dull and boring. But when I am serving the Lord, it all changes.
Philippians 4:11b: . . . for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.
I Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.
We are normally malcontents, restlessly seeking fulfillment. We are always striving to feel better, eat better, have more money, have more comfort, win all the games, etc. Apart from the Lord there is always a certain emptiness.
Psalms 17:15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
The things that give us the most satisfaction are thinking like Christ, Acting like Christ, (unselfishness) and obeying Christ.
Surrender is one mark of a genuine believer in Jesus Christ. If you*ve never surrendered to Him at all, you*re not saved. If you*re only trusting Him for eternal life, you won*t have much joy in this life. If you only surrender an hour a week to Him, the other 167 hours will be pretty empty.
I believe when you genuinely received Jesus as your Savior, a part of you knew it was a surrender. When I trusted Him, I knew He was going to make some changes. I was saying yes to Him. I was surrendering. That*s what saving faith does. Surrender is and ought to be a symptom of faith in God.
Receiving Jesus is a one-time surrender for which one receives an eternal benefit. For those of us who have received Him, surrender ought to become a way of life. Day by day, moment by moment, thousands of little surrenders and receiving thousands of little benefits.
One fringe benefit of surrender is assurance of salvation. The more we submit to Him, the more assurance we have that we belong to him.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
If the Lord is really good, is it not totally logical that it is beneficial for us to be surrendered to Him? (to goodness) Is it not totally logical that His will is also good? Far, far better than our own will?
Unbelief says that I have a better plan than God. Unbelief does not surrender.
One who surrenders to Jesus Christ is far more the master of his own life than he ever was before. There is a power available to us through our vital relationship with God than we could only have dreamed about before we were saved.
Romans 5:17: For if by one man*s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Try it . . . you*ll like it!!!