Surrender Does Not Mean You Do Nothing


Whit FlagSurrender. What a scary word in our day and culture. So many run from such words because of how it makes them “feel” and the questions it surfaces.

Surrender makes you a loser right? Surrender means you’re weak or incapable of victorious achievement doesn’t it? If you surrender it means you don’t have to do anything right, just sit back and let God do all the work.

If you surrender it means you’re not in control and to not be in control is far too unpredictable. You’re not going to give your control to someone or something else. Not being in control is scary, why would you put yourself in that situation?

These are very real questions and very real feelings, but they are often not true. Just because something is real, does not mean it is true.

Surrendering to God is not sitting back and doing nothing, it is actually taking full control of your life and intentionally putting it in his hands. It’s about allowing him to be in the drivers seat with you right alongside him. God doesn’t want to work in your life without you, he desires to work in your life with you.

There are definitely times where God says, “Sit back, relax, and watch my awesomeness.” But, most often we see God working in and through you to carry out his awesome purposes for you and those around you. A life surrendered is a life fully engaged in the heart of God at every moment of every day.

A life surrendered is one fully open, fully yielded, and fully ready to take steps in the direction God leads. It is not a life that sits complacent waiting for God to do all the work. It is a life of great excitement and expectation. It is not a life afraid that God is going to lead you into dreadful places, but excited about the grandeur of the next steps.

Surrender does not mean you do nothing, it actually means you do everything with God. What a notion! To be able to work on your job with God. To love your spouse with God. To build friendships with God. To pursue your dreams and passions with God.

Fear only comes in when your presupposition is that God is not good and that he is not working for your good. But, if you hold to the biblical truth that, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28), then fear is replaced by the excitement of an anticipated revelation of the goodness of God being demonstrated on your behalf.

Surrender is an exciting thing, a victorious thing. God cannot lose! Surrender to him is a sure victory in every area of life.

Through surrender you have the opportunity to join God in all his good works for your life.

Let’s Do This Together

Do you believe God is working for your good? What area of your life are you afraid to surrender?

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