Jesus Fully Surrendered To The Father
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[c]
There Is Joy In Surrendering To Christ
By: Kay Camenisch, Christian Broadcasting Network
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I need to trust Him. I need to sign the check.
Why is it hard this time?
I think it’s hard because I have an agenda — work God’s given me to do.
If I get tied up in another direction, how can I finish what I’ve started?
I also have things I want to do. If I commit to this, I might not have time for what I want. What if it costs me too much?
But, if my present agenda is making me hesitate, is it really for Him? If I’m not willing to change directions, is that a sign that I’ve now claimed my activities, my life, as my own? Am I living for God or for me?
I know the Lord’s always been faithful. He will be with me, and He promised He won’t give me more than I can handle. His grace is sufficient, and so forth. I know the promises.
But, sometimes it’s hard to surrender. Hard to lay it all down. Even when you know it’s what’s being asked of you.
The Lord is gracious. He doesn’t leave us alone in our struggles.
For me, this time, peace came through verses from Ecclesiastes 3:
- “He has made everything beautiful (appropriate) in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
- “There is an appointed time for everything.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
- “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 – and a time to serve.
I can trust the Lord with my agendas, strength, and time requirements … with my life.
He makes everything beautiful in His time.
Indeed, He has made everything beautiful. I just haven’t seen it yet.
I love the life testimonies of Joseph and Jesus. Our God knows how to use hardship and suffering — even injustice and cruelty — for His purposes and His glory.
My “hardship” is nothing. My problem is my desire to be in control of my days. I need to yield to Him.
It’s all about surrender. And about watching to see how He makes something beautiful out of my life.
We brought Dad home a few days ago and will be caring for him ourselves now. We’re grateful for his determination to embrace life and care for himself as much as possible. Now, we’re all in the process of finding a new normal.
But, I know that in God’s time, it will be beautiful.
He “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Through the “things” in life, He molds and makes us into “the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:28-29a)
Mary Surrendered Fully To God’s Will
By: James McDonald Ministries, The Joy of Surrender
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary surrendered to God’s will by faith. It always comes back to trusting God and believing that He has your best interest at heart. Like we say around our church, “Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result.” That’s what Mary did. First, she believed she was who God said she was—highly favored. Mary basically said, “God, I believe You are extending grace to me.” Second, she believed that God would keep His word. She surrendered to God’s will by faith.
What is God asking you to surrender to Him? Maybe you’re faced with that first moment of surrender when you recognize your sinfulness and your need for forgiveness. Have you bowed your knee to Jesus Christ as Lord and embraced Him by faith? Or maybe you’ve come to realize that life consists of many repeated surrenders to God. Maybe you’ve been struggling with Him. Lord, how did I get myself in this spot? Is this where You want me? Let me encourage you to invite the Lord to be specific with you as you wrestle with these questions in prayer.
This life lasts but a moment. God has placed you in your circumstance, and perhaps it’s a very difficult one. This is your opportunity to display the power of life lived in God. Take hold of it. Seize it like Mary did and say from your heart, “Behold, I am a servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”
There is such joy in that surrender. How much heartache, turmoil, and difficulty have come into your life as a result of refusing to embrace what God has allowed? God is a good and loving God and He wants to get glory through your life.
The Disciples Surrendered to God’s Will
By: Kevin Smith, Total Surrender, Ligonier Ministries
Matthew 16: 24-27
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
The path to this surrender is also part of our problem. Our minds are full of the things of this world. We hunger for more and will not be satisfied with less, so we go into debt. Our marriages fail as we pursue the American Dream. Is it any wonder that our children who are catechized and sanitized go off to college and act like pagans? They have not experienced or even seen many examples of total surrender to Christ and the power of God at work in such a worshiping community.
Why are we to surrender ourselves to God totally? Our heavenly Father has poured out His vast wealth of mercy upon us in Christ. Mercy is God’s compassion given to those who are pitiful. It is similar to grace in that it is underserved. Do we really understand what we are without Christ? God’s people must ask Him to reveal to us our total depravity so that we are enabled to mourn over our sin and our culture’s sin. This is the way to blessedness (Matt. 5:4). The mercies of God in justification, sanctification, election, and glorification through Christ are most clearly seen when we understand the distance between God’s holiness and our spiritual poverty. People and churches who are humbled by the great mercies of God are more likely to grow in the surrender of their lives to Christ day by day. Our worship will be God-centered and our minds renewed by the power of the riches of His love. And by God’s marvelous grace, such churches will be enabled to make disciples of the nations who dwell
in their communities.