The Surrendered Life
“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8, NLT)
The surrendered life is a life with Jesus at the center of every aspect of your life. All personal dreams and ambitions have been completely discarded to serve and follow the Father’s plan. The surrendered life is a choice to follow in Jesus footsteps and live every moment to fulfill God’s will on this earth. It’s following Him anywhere, anytime, at any cost to do anything.
Submission focuses on giving something up. Surrender is simply acknowledging that Christ has ransomed us at an infinite cost and we owe Him our entire lives. While submission focuses on self-sacrifice, surrender is awakening to the reality that I belong to God and He is so worthy and so holy that He deserves my complete attention. He alone deserves all of my affection in life. My every thought, word and action must be fixed on Him continually.
In submission, we make the conscious choice to let go of that control, but the actual surrender is something only God can empower us to do through partnership with the Holy Spirit. When we submit, we “give in,” keeping the focus on ourselves. When we surrender, we “give up,” putting the focus on God where it belongs.
The surrendered life is the act of giving back to Jesus the life He granted you. It’s relinquishing control, rights, power, and direction – all the things you do and say. It’s totally resigning your life over to his hands, to do with as He pleases.
God, I want to be fully surrendered to You. Help me to place everything in my life at Your disposal. Amen
Questions: Are living a gospel of submission where you are just trying to forego your desires in hope of pleasing God? Is your motivation still caught up in trying to please God and be worthy of His love?
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