Daily Archives: April 16, 2004

Surrender – Bend Your Stiff Neck

The idea of surrendering is not a popular concept in modern society. People tend to think of being defeated, caught by the cops or overwhelmed by a powerful foe. Yet absolute surrender is exactly what God wants from us and is the key to ultimate happiness.

There is absolutely no better place to be than right in the middle of God’s will, and the only way to get there is to set aside what we want to do. But somehow this tends to run against the grain of common opinion. People will go to great lengths to avoid listening to God. The enemy has done a good job implanting the idea in people’s minds that God wants to take away all our fun and put us under house arrest. The devil presents God as the one who wants to limit life not give real life.

Jesus said that the devil is a liar. But for some reason, even many Christians end up believing his lies.

In the oriental culture, people bow or bend their neck as a sign of honor and respect. A servant might do this to a master or a peasant to a wealthy landlord. Jesus called His followers to bend their necks and let Him put His yoke on them.

Many think that when they bend their neck, God will enslave them. They fear being forced to carry a heavy weight or losing freedom. But actually, God wants to liberate people from sin and a worthless life. Jesus wants to remove the chains tied around about God’s children. Jesus came to liberate and loosen those caught in the devil’s grasp.

Although God wants to liberate mankind, our necks become stiff from years of trying to hold up our head under the weight of our own sin. We refuse to let God help us and stumble under the weight of our own yoke.

If you feel overwhelmed by life or problems, if you are tired of trying to do the right thing on your own, if you want to experience God’s divine life, if you want to enjoy God’s peace and pleasure, stop and surrender to God. Under the yoke of Christ, you will find rest, direction, fulfillment and true love.