I love Sundays. For me, Sundays are days filled with Jesus, friends, scripture, good food, and love. What more could you ask for?
My favorite slice of Sunday life is church. I love worshiping God with some of my closest friends next to me. Nothing is more fulfilling than hearing the word of God and having it heal the pieces of your soul that you didn’t realize were hurting. I walk away from church on Sundays feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to take on a new week.
Today was a bit different though. Today, I had the privilege of listening to one of my awesome friends give his testimony to the entire church body. He’s a natural-born leader, so he did fantastic. The minute he grabbed the mic and opened his mouth, I was enraptured. I was (and still am) so proud of his willingness to go in front of everyone and share his unwavering faith and past sins. His talk was beautiful and moving.
It also really got me thinking. He talked about surrender and trust, two of the most important elements to living the life that God calls us to. God calls for us to surrender every piece of ourselves down at His feet and submit to His will. We are to give him our lives- our everything- and trust that He knows what’s best for us. But, that’s easier said than done, am I right?
We live in a world today that is constantly moving. I feel as though I am constantly sprinting through life (metaphorically of course; we all know I’m not actually sprinting); as soon as I finish one thing, I’m on the move. We try to take everything on our shoulders as if we run our lives and are in charge of our futures. Living this way causes pain, anxiety, and stress. Our souls become rundown and damaged from trying to handle life on our own.
God provides everyone a strong tower. He is the steadfast rock in the shifting sands of life. Though the world and people around us may change drastically, we can count on our God to never leave or forsake us. This is why we need to surrender. We simply cannot handle this world and its hardships on our own. His plan is always greater than ours; it’s as simple as that.
No life is more secure than a life surrendered to God.
When we put our faith in the one constant in the world, we allow ourselves to become secure. Our futures are set. This isn’t to say that hardships won’t come our way; they certainly will. Rainy days or seasons will still inevitably come and cloud up your life. You may even find yourself crying out to God because you can’t hear him. But, one thing will always remain: if you surrender your life to Christ, you are secure in the arms of a loving God who won’t let go. He has your life in the palm of His hand; let Him lead the way. Surrendering to God doesn’t mean that we stop making choices and walk aimlessly through life. It is more about aligning your wants with what God wants and then being willing to follow Him as He guides you through your days.Surrendering is about dropping your baggage and picking up something more important: the cross.
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Proudly wave your white flag of surrender to the Lord. It isn’t weak; instead, it might be the strongest decision you ever make.