No, the “S” word is not “sin.” It is something far more dreaded by most people today. We like our sin. But the “S” word is something we connect with losing, giving up, getting caught or overcome by a stronger force. The “S” word is “surrender.” Whenever you see or hear this word in society today, it almost always has a negative conotation.
Consider what Rick Warren wrote about surrender in The Purpose Driven Life. Rick wrote, “Surrender is an unpopular word, disliked almost as much as the word submission… In today’s competitive culture we are taught to never give up and never give in – so we don’t hear much about surrendering. If winning is everything, surrendering is unthinkable. We would rather talk about winning, succeeding, overcoming, and conquering than yielding, submitting, obeying and surrendering.”
Warren continued, “Surrender to God is the heart of worship. It is the natural response to God’s amazing love and mercy.”
Surrender is hard to do because it forces us to answer the question, “Can I really trust God?” We have to admit our limitations and accept that what we are powerless to do is possible with God. We can easily deceive ourselves into thinking that we have surrendered when we have really held things back.
Surrender is the only way to reach who God has designed us to be. C.S. Lewis wrote, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us.”
Surrendered people obey God’s word even when it doesn’t make sense or go against what they want to do. We surrender when we obey and trust God with every aspect of our lives.
Warren declared in his book, “Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. nothing else works.”
Holding back only leads to dead ends, broken lives and wrong turns. Check out this video to see what I mean when I say that sometimes it is best to stop running.
The teenager in the video seems wreckless and foolish. I don’t think I would ever do anything as crazy as that. But the Spirit caused me to see that I am doing something just as bad if not worse when I run from God and refuse to surrender to His plan.
How about you?