So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. (v11 NKJV)
Surrendering to God is not passive resignation, fatalism, or an excuse for laziness. It is not accepting the status quo. It may mean the exact opposite: sacrificing your life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed. God often calls surrendered people to do battle on His behalf. Surrendering is not for cowards or doormats. Likewise, it does not mean giving up rational thinking. God would not waste the mind he gave you! God does not want robots to serve Him.
Surrendering is not repressing your personality. God wants to use your unique personality. Rather than its being diminished, surrendering enhances it. C. S Lewis observed, “The more we let God take us over the more truly ourselves we become – because he made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be … It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” Surrendering is best demonstrated in obedience (Luke 5:5) Another aspect of a fully surrendered life is trust. Abraham followed God’s leading without knowing where it would take him. Hannah waited for God’s perfect timing without knowing when. The most difficult area to surrender for many people is money. The Bible says – (see Matthew 6:24;21) Genuine surrender says “- Paul Romans 1:8-15; 15:14-33 “So give yourselves completely to God” (Psalm 37:23)– Rick Warren
PRAYER LINE: Song: I surrender all, Unto Jesus, I surrender all.
A life surrendered to Jesus, is a life preserved.