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Aug26

Choosing to Surrender

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“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).

JESUS CALLS EACH OF US TO A PROCESS of brokenness and surrender. Brokenness is the result of God’s working to bring me to the end of my resources. I am empty and have nothing else to offer. Surrender is a personal choice that we all have the option to make. Although it will be difficult, surrender will always lead us to Christ and in Him will be the right path. “The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice—any choice will be the right one” (A. W. Tozer).

Surrender is more than just giving up and letting go. We actually surrender to someone and we submit to another’s authority. That “someone” is Christ and submitting to His authority means that we follow His will and desire. God holds the conditions of surrender. Surrender is a necessity in our Christian walk and growth. And, as painful as it will be, God’s grace and mercy to minister to us will overcome the greatest affliction.

Surrender is not a one-time event—it is an ongoing process. In Luke 9:23, Jesus indicates that surrender is a daily process. As we grow and mature, we will find that surrender becomes a moment-by-moment process. This surrender releases the Spirit of Christ through us bless to others. When we are weak, Christ is made strong and goes to work. “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender” (William Booth).

What are you holding on to? Is there something in your life you are unwilling to surrender? Be careful; if you insist on holding on to anything, in the end it will own you. God demands full surrender, so hold all things loosely.

“The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination.” — C. S. Lewis

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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.

Many give a mental assent to this teaching yedft are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.

These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –

  • A Foundational Focus
  • A Personal Focus
  • A Relational Focus
  • A Missional Focus

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