When God says, “Surrender to me everything.” What does EVERYTHING mean to you? Is it all of you–your wants, your desires, your plans, your life? Or do we only surrender things we want God to control over our lives? What are those? Do you enumerate them? Do you choose which things you surrender to God?
If you do, maybe you need a heart check. Who or what is reigning over it?
When God tells us to surrender everything, He means E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Our wants, our desires, our plans, our schedules, our future, our past. In short, our lives. He doesn’t want us to surrender them to Him because He wants to make us His puppets, but He wants us to surrender EVERYTHING to Him because He wants us to know that He is Lord of all things in this universe. Of course, as long we willingly give our lives to Him. Once we’ve decided that we want the Lord to take control over our lives, He is sooooo delighted in us. God doesn’t want us to surrender to Him just because He says so. He gives us freewill over this and He wants us to experience His unending grace and love to us.
This is what the Lord says–your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
God loves us sooooo much that He only wants what’s the best for us. He doesn’t want us to go to the path of the wicked, for He knows how awful it is there. He just wants us to keep holding on to Him and trusting Him with His promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us no matter how sometimes we tend to disobey. And even though sometimes we go the other way, He never fails to extend His love and mercy to us.
I am the Lord, there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
His mercies just endure forever and ever and ever. And ever.
But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses. I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Even though we are the ones who have sinned against Him, He is still extending this mercy to us.
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed.
All God is asking is for us to surrender our lives to Him. All of it and in it. If we acknowledge in our hearts and minds that He is Lord of all, then it wouldn’t be so hard to surrender EVERYTHING to Him. Once we do this, we are able to humble ourselves and tell God that in all the things that we do, we are giving Him control over everything. Otherwise, if we are not able to surrender all that we are and all that we have to Him, maybe He is not Lord over our lives at all.
Let’s check our hearts. Whatever or whoever is reigning in your hearts right now, God is telling you to surrender it/them to Him and He will grant you all the “…new things, of hidden things unknown to you.” Isaiah 48:6. God should be the One and Only sitting in the throne of our hearts. If not, maybe the one sitting there should be surrendered to Him.
And then, I leave you with thing song with heart-striking message:
No one else in this world will do. I’m captured by Your love and Your truth.