On a recent Wednesday Worship, we featured the hymn, "I Surrender All” written by Judson W. Van Deventer. Surrender means to give up or to yield to the power of another. We think of surrender as a bad thing like conceding defeat, but surrender is not defeat or failure. In the Christian life, surrender brings victory.
I recently received a message from someone who listened to this particular Wednesday Worship. She said she had “always believed but never would surrender”. She thought she could do everything herself until one day she found herself in a distressed situation. Her friend encouraged her to surrender to God. She did and has grown ever since.
Many of us have felt the same way. We try to do it ourselves or just roll with the punches until it wears us down, until we say what’s the use and give up. Oftentimes, we give in to those things that cannot help us and eventually lead to destruction. We admit to defeat and surrender our will over to drugs, alcohol, food, etc. because we tried to do it ourselves.
Just like the Wednesday Worship listener, my greatest victories occurred when I surrendered to God. Not just a “one and done” surrender at salvation, but an everyday surrender. We have to take up His cross and sacrifice ourselves daily.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple],
he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing
a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming
to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]”
At the time I revealed I had alopecia, I had already surrendered my life to God, but there was more required of me. I was willing to yield my will, my desires, and my shame and openly live my truth no matter what I might endure. My surrender yielded victory and not defeat.
It doesn’t always feel good when we deny ourselves and surrender to Him, but the benefits far outweigh the pain. Jesus said, “For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life” (Matthew 16:25, TPT). Victory is be ours.