Surrendering to the Lord

Do you freely surrender yourself to the Lord as an act of worship? Expressing ourselves freely in worship probably takes place most often when we gather in church. There can be a strong sense of surrender when we gather to give praise and honor to the One who deserves all we have to give. Some churches are inhibited by various factors that don’t necessarily nurture freedom in worship. Yet there seems to be more of a global move toward surrendering to Christ as an act of worship in the corporate (church) setting.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)

The question now is: Are we surrendering to the Lord in the same way in other areas of our lives as an act of worship? Are we putting our trust in Him to the point where we replace our own desires with His will? It’s common for us when praying about a conflict we might have with someone to try to figure out (while we’re praying!) what WE might do to fix the situation. Isn’t that so like human beings to have the need to find the solution on our own? But what if we were to release the issue to the Lord? What if we surrender to the Lord our own thoughts of how we believe the situation should resolve? Upon giving it up to God we can then simply say, “I trust You, Lord to help me resolve this issue. I cannot do it without You. Let Your will be done.”

Then what if we were to pray for the person we’re in conflict with instead of the situation? Scripture calls us to “love one another” and “bear with one another”, and by taking these commands to heart we may find our mindset towards the situation completely changed. We may finally find peace over the situation and stop thinking about fixing it ourselves! We also may find the situation completely resolved (God does this!) and perhaps a deeper connection that hadn’t been there before. By surrendering to the Lord as an act of worship, God takes over and brings healing and reconciliation. Praise be to God!

There are so many other situations in which we can surrender ourselves to the Lord, and it’s worth taking time to pray about how we may be able to do so in our daily lives. Maybe you need to stop worrying about God’s plan for your life and just start living in His Presence. Maybe you need to hand over your preconceived ideas of how your marriage (or any relationship) should be and trust the Lord to bless that relationship. Maybe you need to surrender that one thing that is keeping you from nurturing a love relationship with Jesus, thus revealing God’s love to others. “A living sacrifice . . . for this is our true and proper worship!” (Romans 12:1)

From the Father’s heart to yours: “My beloved, I have removed the veil from your face so that you can behold My glory, the glory of Jesus, and by fixing your eyes on Him, I the Lord, the Spirit, am transforming you into His likeness from one degree of glory to another!” (2 Corinthians 3:18).  I am the God of peace and I will equip you with everything good for doing My will, and I will work in you what is pleasing to Me, through My Son Jesus” (Hebrews 13:21-22). So press on to take hold of that for which I and Jesus took hold of you. Do this one thing—forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which I called you heavenward in Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 3:13).