In the Christian life, victory could be defined as living each day with Jesus Christ at the center of everything. We commonly refer to this as “surrender”, which is ironic.
In the world to surrender means you lose, but when you surrender everything to Jesus Christ you experience the ultimate victory. You experience God’s plan for your life in place of your own plans.
The amazing part of this experience is not knowing what lies ahead… sure this can be scary at times. But I try to turn that fear into excitement knowing that God always has the better plan.
When I look back at the past 46 years of my life, when I was in control, things didn’t go very well… In fact, I nearly destroyed everything.
At the center of it all, was my pride, believing everything was about ME ME ME. At the end of that road, what a waste!
Praise be to God, Jesus Christ intervened and Saved my life.
Consider King Solomon, the wisest man to ever walk the Earth, aside from Jesus Christ. He had all the money and power any man could ever want, he chased after all the things the world would provide, and indulged in all the pleasures. Yet at the end… this is how he felt…
11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.
Do you ever feel like your “striving for the wind”?
I know for many years I felt this same way. The hard truth, which sometimes I do not like to hear, is that we need to stop being selfish and realize there is something bigger out there, a higher purpose, a grander plan.
The good news is that as Christians we are part of that plan, the bad news is that few of us live a life that reflects that truth.
Please do not misunderstand me, fully surrendering to Christ is something I work on every day, not something I have “achieved”.
Think of this process like climbing a Mountain, in that we should continue striving towards that highest peak… to be “Christ-like”.
Much like a Mountain there is safety in numbers when making that ascent (fellowship) and you ALWAYS want to stay anchored along the way (the Word). If one of your brothers or sisters loses their footing, you are there to catch them and bring them safely back.
What does it mean to fully surrender?, you may be asking.
I delved extensively into this topic in another post, What does it mean to surrender?. But for the sake of this article, to fully surrender means you let go and let God.
Stop trying to force your limitations on life… and spend time with the Lord daily so you can hear clearly what He is trying to tell you.
There are many days when I feel like I have given my all to God, and those days are the GREATEST days… a taste of victory that I can have every day if I choose.
However there are also days when I turn from God and go after things that I want and desire… without exception I always tend to regret those days.
Then I ask myself, why can’t I get this right? Why do I keep screwing up? WHY?!
You want to know what I discovered?
Those days that I regret are the days I chose to love something else in my life, more than I love God. Usually it is myself but it could also be something else. Only when I learn to love God EVERY day will I achieve this surrender I seek.
Would you like to share how you have surrendered or in what ways you try to surrender in your life? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
Stay Strong & Stand Tall
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