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Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:35:14 +1100
-by David Wilkerson.

“Surrender.” What does this word tell you? In literal terms,
surrender means “to give up something to another person.” It also
means to relinquish something granted to you. This could include
your possessions, power, goals, even your life.

Christians today hear much about the surrendered life. But what
does it mean, exactly? The surrendered life is the act of giving
back to Jesus the life he granted you. It’s relinquishing control,
rights, power, direction, all the things you do and say. It’s totally
resigning your life over to his hands, to do with as he pleases.

Jesus himself lived a surrendered life: “I came down from heaven,
not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38).
“I seek not mine own glory” (8:50). Christ never did anything on his
own. He made no move and spoke no word without being instructed
by the Father. “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught
me, I speak these things…. For I do always those things that
please him” (8:28–29).

Jesus’ full surrender to the Father is an example of how we all
should live. You may say, “Jesus was God in flesh. His life was
surrendered before he even came to earth.” But the surrendered life
is not imposed on anyone, including Jesus.

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life,
that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it
down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to
take it again” (John 10:17–18).

Jesus was telling us, “Make no mistake. The act of self-surrender
is totally within my power to do. I’m choosing to lay down my life.
And I’m not doing it because some man told me to. Nobody’s
taking my life from me. My Father gave me the right and the
privilege to lay down my life. He also gave me the choice to pass
up this cup and avoid the cross. But I choose to do it, out of love
and full surrender to him.”

Our heavenly Father has given all of us this same right: the
privilege to choose a surrendered life. No one is forced to yield his
life to God. Our Lord doesn’t make us sacrifice our will and give
back our lives to him. He freely offers us a Promised Land, full of
milk, honey and fruit. But we may choose not to enter that place
of fullness.

The truth is, we can have as much of Christ as we want. We can
go as deep in him as we choose, living fully by his word and direction.


God begins the process of surrender by knocking us off our high
horse. This literally happened to Paul. He was going his
self-assured way, riding toward Damascus, when a blinding light
came from heaven. Paul was knocked to the ground, trembling.
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4).

Paul knew something was missing in his life. He had a knowledge
of God, but no firsthand revelation. Now on his knees, he heard
these words from heaven: “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest” (9:5).
The words turned Paul’s world upside down. Scripture says,
“Trembling and astonished, [Paul] said, Lord, what wilt thou have
me to do?” (9:6). Paul’s conversion was a dramatic work of the
Holy Spirit.

Paul was being led by the Holy Spirit into the surrendered life. He
asked, “Lord, what would you have me to do?” and his heart was
crying out, “Jesus, how can I serve you? How can I know you and
please you? Nothing else matters. Everything I’ve done in my
flesh is dung. You’re everything to me now.”

Paul had no other ambition, no other driving force in his life, than
this: “That I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). By today’s
standards of success, Paul was a total failure. He didn’t construct
any buildings. He didn’t have an organization. And the methods he
used were despised by other leaders. In fact, the message Paul
preached offended large numbers of his hearers. At times he was
even stoned for preaching it. His subject? The cross.

When we stand before God at the judgment, we won’t be judged
by our ministries, achievements or number of converts. There will
be but one measure of success on that day: Were our hearts fully
surrendered to God? Did we lay aside our own will and agenda
and take up his? Did we succumb to peer pressure and follow the
crowd, or did we seek him alone for direction? Did we run from
seminar to seminar looking for purpose in life, or did we find our
fulfillment in him?

I have but one ambition and that is to learn more and more to say
only those things the Father gives me. Nothing I say or do of
myself is worth anything. I want to be able to claim, “I know my
Father is with me, because I do only his will.”

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