Written by Tim Wood
Offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13 b).
When we surrender to God, His Word and His ways; we gain victory and power in our life. You can’t say that about any other thing. Surrender in a sporting contest is loss. Surrender in a war is a loss. But surrender to God is victory! Surrender doesn’t weaken you; it strengthens you. Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything or anyone else. The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” Why surrender?
Because you belong to your Creator. God has a right to direct your life: “For none of us lives for ourselves alone and none of us dies for ourselves alone.” (Romans 14:7). “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).
Because Christ bought you with his sacrifice. The Bible says, “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). When you surrender to Christ, you fulfill the very purpose he died for — not just to save you from Hell but also to save you from self-centeredness! We Christians do not live for ourselves but for our Savior. “Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness” (Romans 6:19b).
Because God modeled it first. He took the initiative, surrendering Jesus for our benefit: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Our surrender is the only reasonable response to that kind of love. We show our love for Christ by surrendering to Him.
Do you want spiritual victory and power in your life? Surrender every part of your life to God. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20).