Surrender by definition is both a verb and a noun, it is an action and a thing…It is something we must choose to both “do” and “be”. The legal definition for both the verb and noun refer to “giving up rights” to something, especially a lease, “before it has expired”. When we surrender our life to Christ, we give-up (give away) all rights and responsibility for it. At that moment it is no longer our life, it now belongs to Him (1 Cor. 6:20). We must let it go and not pick it back up, or even glance back as we walk away. When we truly surrender we have no regrets or worries, never thinking or worrying about “what if”.
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20 (AMP)
Many of us struggle with letting things go or taking on too many responsibilities, but what we do not realize is that our real problem is we do not trust the Lord or believe He will work it out for our good. Trust must come before surrender. We cannot surrender to Him without first trusting Him, believing He will take care of us no matter what may come in our life. We no longer need to worry about a backup plan if we are surrendered to the Lord. As long as we obey His instruction and do our part, the results are His responsibility.
We must learn to “Let go and let God.” This does not take away our responsibility to obey Him. What it does is take away is our responsibility to do anything He has not told us to do and for the outcome of what happens. As long as we do our best in the responsibilities He has delegated (given) to us, He is responsible for everything else. In Matthew 11:29-30 He instructs us to take His yoke upon us, because doing it His way makes the work easy and light. This is the freedom Christ died on the cross to give us.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29-30 (NKJV)
When we take on responsibilities He has not delegated to us, we become worn down and frustrated with our lives, wondering why He is not helping us in our situation. We must remember, He is not responsible to help us with or for the outcome of something He has not delegated to us, such things are not a part of His yoke. It is not our works that please Him, instead it is our obedience (our surrender) to Him. We must develop the faith to walk in obedience, to do only those things He has delegated to us and believe He will take care of the rest.
When was the last time you either took on too many responsibilities, tried to fix a situation on your own, or tried to solve a problem in your life by yourself only to realize after going in circles, there was nothing you could do, but “pray and trust God” to take care it. Why do we too often wait until we hit the wall of “there is nothing else we can do” before we take it to God? Are we truly surrendering our life when we use God as a “backup plan” when nothing else works?
Have you fully surrendered your life to the Lord? Have you laid it at His feet and walked away, trusting the outcome to Him? If not, ask Him to help you and he will come in and give you the freedom Christ died to give you.
Remember to “Let go and Let God.”