Not sure about you, but when it comes to all this snow, many have thrown their hands in the air and screamed, “Enough already!” Perhaps you share that feeling. Maybe you have seen more than enough snow this winter, and you are ready to wave the white flag and say to God, “I’ve had enough, I can’t take it anymore. I surrender.”
Well, this week I was reading in Our Daily Bread and came across the following article that talked about surrendering in another way. The key text was found in Deuteronomy 6:1-9, and it said, “These are the commands, decrees, and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children, and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.”
And here is what the article shared, “Recently, while watching a video of a church service held in South America, I noticed something I had never seen before in church. As the pastor passionately called his flock to yield their lives to Jesus, one of the parishioners took a white hankie out of his pocket and started waving it in the air. Then another, and another. With tears running down their cheeks, they were expressing full surrender to Christ.
But I wonder if there was more to the moment than the flags of surrender. I think they were waving flags of love to God. When God told His people to, “Love the Lord your God,” it was in the context of His urging them to surrender their lives to Him.
From God’s point of view, life with Him is far more than just trying to be good. It is always about relationship. Relationship in which surrender is the way we express our grateful love to Him. Jesus, in amazing love for us, surrendered Himself on the cross to rescue us from our helpless bondage to sin and set us on a journey to all that is good and glorious.
We don’t have enough words to tell God how much we love Him! So, let’s show Him our love by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.”
Surrender, by definition means to yield in favor of another. So have you demonstrated that degree of love toward God? Have you waved the white flag and told God you surrender to Him? If not, why don’t you? Surrender your heart to Him, and surrender your lives to Him in service.