~by Elizabeth Lapp
“I beseech you therefore, brethren…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…” Romans 12:1
Surrender means to yield, to give up, to abandon. We sing “I surrender all,” but do we? The day we accept Christ as our Savior is our initial surrender, but we must then live out a surrendered life. We must say “no” to self and “yes” to God over and over. It’s like saying “I do” at a wedding – it’s the initial step, but marriage calls for a lifelong commitment. Many sacrifices, both large and small, will be made in the years to come. When we make our initial surrender, we have little idea what will be asked of us. Who of us is standing in line eager to lift our hands and say to God: “Here I am! I surrender my life to You. Assign to me whatever you wish – I’m Yours.” Why would we hesitate? Are we afraid? Grasping God’s incredible love for us is the only thing that will take the fear away. Please know God wants only what is for our eternal good – His plans for us are good, not evil. He is trustworthy; He makes no mistakes. He is in control. Surrender to God is a reasonable demand because He made us and sent Jesus to die for us. Surrender is not once and done; life is made up of a series of surrenders. Like Jacob, sometimes we wrestle all night or even many nights. But at dawn, we need to give up and say “Okay, God” to bring us peace.