Welcome to today’s inspiring devotional, “Living in Surrender.” Beloved, surrender is often seen as a sign of weakness in the world’s eyes, but in the context of our faith, it’s a powerful act of trust and humility.
As believers, we are called to surrender our lives to Christ, although it’s an idea that goes against the self-reliant nature of humanity.
My question is, as believers, where do we stand if we don’t totally start living in surrender?
Let’s get started on living in surrender, which is a pivotal aspect of our relationship with God.
Anchor Bible Verse of the Day Living in Surrender
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
Galatians 2:20 reveals the transformation that occurs when we choose to surrender our lives to Christ. It’s an acknowledgment that we are no longer in control; rather, it is Christ who lives in us.
This verse emphasizes that our new life, guided by faith, is a result of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. Surrendering to Him means recognizing His lordship and allowing His love to define our existence.
- Crucified with Christ: Symbolizes a spiritual death to our old self and a new life in Christ.
- Christ lives in me: The presence of Christ within us through the Holy Spirit.
- Live by faith in the Son of God: Emphasizes the importance of faith in the Christian walk.
Reflection on Living in Surrender
Living in surrender is like a ship yielding to the currents of a mighty river. When we surrender our will to God, we allow His divine plan and purpose to guide our journey.
Just as Paul testifies in Galatians 2:20, it’s no longer our own desires that lead us, but Christ living within us.
Consider the wisdom found in Romans 12:1-2:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Living in surrender involves presenting ourselves as living sacrifices to God, allowing Him to transform our hearts and minds.
It’s about aligning our will with God’s, seeking His guidance, and trusting in His divine plan.
Call to Action
Today, let us make a conscious choice to live in surrender to God. This may involve letting go of our own desires and plans, and instead, seeking God’s will in every aspect of our lives.
Surrender is not a one-time decision but a daily commitment to walk in faith and trust in the Son of God.
Prayer Points for Today
- Surrender and Transformation: Pray for the ability to live in surrender and experience the transformative power of God.
- Seeking God’s Will: Ask for guidance in aligning your desires with God’s will in your daily decisions.
- Impact on Others: Pray that your surrendered life may inspire and influence those around you positively.
Our Father, we come before You with hearts willing to surrender. We acknowledge that Your wisdom far surpasses our own, and Your love for us is boundless.
Help us to live in surrender, allowing Christ to guide every step of our journey. May our lives be a reflection of Your love and grace to the world.
In Jesus’ precious and mighty name, we pray. Amen.
My prayer for you today: May your journey of living in surrender be marked by freedom, purpose, and joy, and may it inspire those around you to seek the same transformative surrender in Christ.
Reflection – Extended version (Click here to read)
Living in surrender is a concept that, at first glance, might seem daunting. We live in a world that encourages self-sufficiency, independence, and control. Surrender appears to go against the grain of these values, but in reality, it leads to a depth of freedom and purpose beyond imagination.
Galatians 2:20 is a powerful reminder of what it means to live in surrender. It begins with the notion that we have been “crucified with Christ.” This isn’t merely symbolic; it signifies the death of our old self, our sinful nature.
When we surrender to Christ, we let go of our past, our sinful habits, and our selfish ambitions. Just as Christ was crucified, our old life is crucified with Him. It’s a profound act of letting go of our sinful nature and embracing His transformative grace.
The verse continues with the remarkable truth that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” This is the heart of surrender. It’s not about becoming a passive observer in life; rather, it’s a dynamic partnership.
As we surrender to Christ, we invite Him to take residence in our hearts, minds, and every aspect of our being. He becomes our life source, our guide, and our strength. When we face challenges, it’s not our feeble abilities that sustain us, but the indwelling Christ.
But what empowers this surrender is faith. “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” Surrender is an act of faith. It’s choosing to trust God’s wisdom and plan over our limited understanding. It’s acknowledging that we can’t orchestrate our lives as perfectly as the One who created us. Surrender is faith in action.
Why would we make such a radical choice? The verse answers with profound love: “who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Our surrender is rooted in the unmeasurable love of Christ. He loved us enough to give Himself, to bear our sins on the cross, and to conquer death for our sake. Surrender is our loving response to His love.
As we reflect on this, it’s essential to understand that living in surrender doesn’t mean we become passive or uninvolved in our lives. It doesn’t mean we forsake our responsibilities, our passions, or our unique callings. Rather, it’s an invitation to align our desires and decisions with God’s will.
Living in surrender transforms our ambitions. We seek His kingdom first, knowing that He will add all we need (Matthew 6:33). It refines our motivations, shifting them from self-centered desires to desires that honor God. We become vessels through which His love, grace, and mercy flow to others.
In surrender, we discover the paradoxical freedom that comes from relinquishing control. It’s an unburdening of the soul. Instead of carrying the weight of the world, we cast our cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). The peace that surpasses understanding guards our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).
Surrender is also the path to abundant life. Christ declared, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). It’s in surrendering our limited plans and trusting His limitless wisdom that we find true abundance. The life He offers is marked by joy, peace, love, and purpose.