What do you think of when you hear the word surrender? Do you picture one side surrendering to another in a war? Or a criminal surrendering to authorities? Maybe you think of a low time in your life when you surrendered all hope. The world tends to portray surrendering as a sign of weakness or shame. However, the word surrender means so much more in relation to the Christian life.
Surrendering means giving up control over your own life into the control of another, specifically into the Lord’s control. Galatians 2:20 gives us a perfect picture of surrender: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Throughout time a white flag has signified the surrender of a person or group to someone else. White can also symbolize death, so when we give our lives over to the Lord in surrender, we are saying that we no longer want to control our own lives and we are putting our old lives to death and taking up a new life in Christ. Surrender is a beautiful thing. When we have exhausted every resource and find that we can no longer make it on our own, we can surrender to the love of the Lord. Romans 5:5 says that we can have hope and hope will not disappoint us. He will never let us down. He knows us fully, knows what we need, and is a good caretaker. When the world says fight for what you want and never surrender, the Bible says to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Everyday put Christ above yourself and your own wants and desires. As Christians, we surrender everyday so that we can continuously focus on God instead of us.