Two Perspectives on Surrender

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your reasonable act of worship.”                                                                                                    Romans 12:1

God’s Word says to surrender ourselves to Him, and most of us know that if we are to live in the will of God, surrender is necessary. So why is it so hard to do? Does our concept of surrender come from watching movies and TV shows about war and crime-fighting? Is there another way to look at surrender – God’s way? I wrote about this in my book BARRIERS (So, if prayers are so powerful, how come mine don’t get answered?):

“Some of us have a problem with the word ‘surrender.’ The reason is probably that we’re thinking of the kind of surrender that happens on the battlefield, where a beaten, bloody, half-dead soldier has no choice but to give himself up to his enemy. But that is only one kind of surrender.
“Would it help instead to think of the surrender that a bride gives her bridegroom on her wedding night? Depending on one’s attitude, surrender can be an indescribably joyous act of the will, and the peace it brings is beyond anything the world or its treasures have to offer.”          (BARRIERS, Chapter Fifteen)


Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help us to see You as our loving Bridegroom, Who deserves all that we have, and so much more. Let us daily offer ourselves to You as living sacrifices, in joyful self-abandon. We want to be one with You and Your purposes,  in Your precious name.  Amen







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