We have been talking about a life of total surrender or total abandonment to the Lord. We see examples of this kind of life in Scripture and in church history, but are pressed to know anyone personally who lives that way? Which begs the question: How do I surrender my life to the Lord? Or, what are the steps to total surrender? To my giving my all to Him?
These are great questions. But when you ask someone the answer, they usually respond with something like this:
Give everything to God.
Really? That’s all you’ve got for me? Ok, like what? What exactly do I surrender to the Lord? And how exactly do I go about doing that? You make it seem so easy with your pat answer, but I know it can’t be that simple.
How to Surrender Your Life to the Lord
Remember, to surrender your life to the Lord means to “yield ownership or control over what we consider ours: our property, our time, our rights, our self.” And the focus of our surrender is our past, present, and future.
We are to give Him our past regrets, our present problems, and our future ambitions. This means we freely give Him our fears, our dreams, our weaknesses, our habits, our hurts, and our issues (hang-ups). In essence, we give all of who we are, good, bad, and ugly, and allow Jesus to take control.
And what do we get in return? It’s so wonderful it’s hard to put into words. But let’s start with this:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
And we’ve just scratched the surface. If you want to know more, keep listening.
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