There's a beautiful hymn entitled "I Surrender All". The words of this song challenge me to examine my own life. It is easy to sing about surrendering everything to Jesus. It is another thing to actually do it. Mirriam-Webster's online dictionary gives the following definitions of the word surrender:
1 a: to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand b: to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another2 a: to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner b: to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence)intransitive verb: to give oneself up into the power of another : yield. Hmmm... God will not forcibly make me surrender (in this world at least) but compulsion means:
an irresistible persistent impulse to perform an actDo I have the compulsion to yield myself to the power and control of God or am I trying to keep the control in my own hands? Do I want Him to have full possession of me or do I want to keep certain areas of myself off limits? Am I willing to lay aside my will for His will or do I only want His will when it coincides with my will? David wrote:[bible]Psalms 40:8[/bible] Do I truly delight in God's will? These are hard questions but they are worth much consideration. God wants us to freely and totally surrender ourselves to Him!
15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NLT)