I’ve always loved playing basketball. In high school I began to realize that, because of wanting to live a Christ-centered life, I was viewed differently by my teammates. Being different isn’t always a bad thing; in fact, Jesus was not accepted by his society either. He was so rejected by his society he was later put to death on the cross. The ultimate example of surrender comes from Jesus who was in worse circumstances than you and I. In the garden of Gethsemane before Jesus’s crucifixion “he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). As observed in the verse, Jesus was on his face praying to God. He was not in a posture of self-righteousness, rather, He was in a posture of complete surrender; ready to submit to the Father’s will. I can only imagine how hard it was to surrender to God’s will knowing the pain and suffering He was going to endure. Jesus could have come down off the cross at any point, but instead, He chose to endure the wrath of God for all of humanity’s sins as well as separation from God.
I got the opportunity to experience what it is like to surrender your will to God’s will on a recent mission trip to Haiti with my church. We had everything planned out from what to do and when to do it, but God’s plan was greater. God placed different opportunities in our day that weren’t on our itinerary, allowing us to teach people about the great love of God and his death for us. We had to surrender to God’s will and not our own.
We have opportunities in our everyday life to talk about the love of God and live out our faith. We can choose to surrender to God’s will or our own will, but only when we surrender to His will can we glorify God. What is something you need to surrender to God today?