by Aaron Bjorklund

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

Surrender is a gift. It’s not just a requirement for Christian living or the posture of those who have run out of options. No, surrender is always a gift because we were not designed to carry the weight of life. Part of the reason surrender is such a gift is that it frees us from the clutches of the past and the pull of the future. A surrendered soul is a soul that is present in the moment. 

Surrender often gets confused with doing nothing. Surrender is not passive. The Colossians text here shows us plenty of things to do in the present. When we wrestle too much with the past or try to control the future, we cease to surrender.

So I’ll say it again: surrender is a gift. It’s the gift of being where and when you are, while focusing on doing everything to God’s glory. We don’t need to control the outcomes, and we don’t need to let the past wear us down. We simply do the next right thing and surrender the rest. 

Note. To access scripture links that don’t appear in the email version, read the web version in your browser.