Total Surrender

Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity. Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’ ” Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.

Where does Jesus Christ figure in when we have a concern about our natural relationships? Most of us will desert Him with this excuse— “Yes, Lord, I heard you call me, but my family needs me and I have my own interests. I just can’t go any further” (see Luke 9:57-62). “Then,” Jesus says, “you ‘cannot be My disciple’ ” (see Luke 14:26-33).

True surrender will always go beyond natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to embrace all those around us and will meet their needs, which were created by our surrender. Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.

Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 17-19; Mark 13:1-20

3 thoughts on “Total Surrender”

  1. justinwypij says:

    This is so true… but how does one balance the reality that if we come close to God He begins to deliver us and use us to the wanting to be close to God just for Him? I find this so difficult because I can’t see Him. I find this so difficult because I am so selfish. My motives are indeed wrong for wanting to get closer to God and i really want to get close to Him just for Him but I have no idea how to. I would assume at this juncture that that is the key to this whole thing? That I do not know how but He does? That i need His help to even love Him! haha how odd. I can truly do nothing without Him i cant even love Him with the right motives without Him. I need a heart change.

    1. mlivesay326 says:

      Justin,

      The fact that you are having these new desires within you to want to be surrendered is a good show that the Father is doing a work in you. It’s all a process and He wants to help you surrender completely! He loves you and he knows that you need to let go of yourself piece by piece. Remember how in Noah’s Ark there wasn’t a rudder or method for steering built in?? God will keep us safe and guide us to Him if we fully surrender!! How awesome is that. Keep desiring to know Him more, express your desire to be totally surrendered, and thank Him every day for the work He is doing in you.

      Grace and peace to you brother and all glory to the Father!

    2. trinity_moreno_wilson says:

      Justin,
      I can relate so much to your thoughts too. I also wanted be closer to god to find answers, to have a strong foundation of principals for myself & future kids, Most of all to; to be closer to god. I see just how selfish this is, except the last part. the desire to have a relationship with god is what god wants too. Except, God doesn’t want to be needed for our own agenda. He wants to always be close to us no matter what is going on in our life. Good & bad.
      I had the same questions: what does that look like exactly? How do I know I’m doing the right things? I have found so far that simply learning more about god through bible study & listening to sermons online is enough for now. I think as time goes on that will change. So far, I have experienced this gradual progression of growing deeper into the relationship. I try to keep god a priority in my life & It’s good to have questions & it’s ok to make mistakes, that’s how we learn.
      my life has changed over the last 6 months from this experience & I even feel different too.
      that is all the insight I have to offer. I hope this helps :)

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