Greetings friends! As I mentioned in the close of my last post, the rebellious heart of man cannot be overcome and changed without a surrendered heart.
Most people see surrender through the human eyes to mean defeat and subjugation. It means to ‘give in’ one’s right and freedom, like democratic liberty, the freedom of expression, freedom of worship, the freedom to live as one chooses. But with God, surrender does not carry the same imagery. With God, rather than subjugation, it is about ‘owning up,’ while not sacrificing our liberties. It is about conceding to a deficiency in our lives. It is about seeing the answer to this inadequacy as something only God can supply. So, within this context, surrender is a good thing, not a bad thing. Another word we can use is ‘concede’ – we make concession because we see our failures, and desire to change the status quo to one of success. Many don’t see surrender as a process of Love from a God who is Father to us. Ironically, surrender does not carry a singular meaning. In short, God’s call to surrender brings freedom.
WWII German Surrender Documents (WIKI COMMONS). Germany ‘Gave In’ But Did She ‘Own Up.’? In the Words of the Shakespearean Play, “To be, or, Not To Be” – That’s the Question.
We are talking of divine surrender to the Love of God, not to the will or whims of man. Surrender is in fact an act of self-evaluation, where the believer’s life is stacked up side by side with God and what He offers us in His promises, and we come to a logical conclusion about what it means to surrender because we are helpless. But it is not by any means a form of subjugation, but because He Loves us. Over time the self-evaluation process will make us see that to surrender to His Loving will is to pave a way forward for the better, with a purposeful and happy life. Most of all, surrender saves us from our natural, fallen, and self-destructive ways which bring human sufferings upon ourselves and others. (Eph.6:12; Jer.17:9; Isa.59:9,10,12) The opposite of Godly surrender is stubborness and obstinacy. It keeps us stuck in a time warp where we are actually surrendering to our own flaws and failings. When we have an objective view of surrender we will realize that whichever path in life we take, we are surrendering to something or someone – the question is, to whom?
I will touch on a human situation with which we are all familiar to further expound the meaning of Godly surrender. Think of the institution of marriage in our times, as an example. It is a sad fact that 40-50% of marriages end in divorce. (American Psychological Assn.) Imagine, half of our couples who pledge a lifetime of love and dedication to each other, only ends in the divorce courts. Yet, the most common ingredient missing in today’s marriages which would put it on autopilot to success is the attitude of surrender. Surrender liberates marriages. Surrender in marriage is not about subjugation to one partner’s selfish motives. It is not about defeat and giving up one’s freedom. It is about concession, where each partner finds completeness in each other through through surrender of their strength and gifts for each other’s well-being. Surrender is not about one being better than the other, but rather they find common ground in each other to make the marriage work. That common ground is their love for each other – but we are stepping ahead of ourselves. We must realize surrender is the foundation of love. Each partner is a free person in the marriage union, that is sacrosanct. Each partner freely sacrifice or surrender themselves to each other to make love work. Love has to be made to work through sacrifice and surrender. Love is not some magic potion which makes everything magically okeydokey for both partners.
God’s Love Documents Reveal the Surrender of His Son for Our Salvation. The Gutenberg Bible Printed in 15th Century (Wiki Commons). God is not about ‘giving in,’ but about ‘owning up.’
This attitude of sacrifice is based upon the Tri-Personal nature of God. But each partner in marriage must make this decision about surrender (concession, not subjugation) so love can thrive in the union. Until we do that, our divorce rate in the US, supposedly the most Christian nation, will not come down from 40-50% currently. God’s Love is about sacrificing self (surrender) for the good of the other. It is about being other-centered, not self-centered. God saw man lacked something He had and wanted to share, and willingly surrendered His Son to make it possible for mankind. Do you think by of surrendering His Son to an ignominious death at the hands of man, God was subjugating Himself to man’s will? That’s unthinkable! His eternal sovereignty and power over all creation is unquestionable! But this is what Love does – for “God is Love” (1John 4:8). God would not ask man to do something unless He is first prepared to do it Himself. That’s what Love does. Love sacrifices one’s self for the good of another. God gave His Son so man can have a more complete Love-relationship with Him. God does not hold man in subjugation, He gives man complete freedom, even to rebel against Him, if he so wishes, like Adam and Eve. But He admonishes us – in your freedom, choose wisely. In fact, He points us to the right direction and says, choose Him. (Deut. 30:19) Marriage calls for surrender on both partners in the relationship. Human love is about the self-centeredness and self-gratification. Godly Love is about self-giving and surrender.
I hope we can see that through surrender we can overcome the rebellious heart, and enter the divine union so God’s divine Love can flow into our lives. You may read my posts, “God’s Divine Love – How Does It Enter Human Life?” (published 1/22/15), and, “What Prevents God’s Love From Entering Human Life?” (published 2/14/15).
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Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessing of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you always. May the Spirit enliven you and make all things concerning you possible in Triune Living as a Bulamanriver.*
Kiang, (Your Servant in Christ)
* Bulamanriver is the metaphor describing the union of man with the Love of the Triune God flowing in humans, making possible the “Triune Life” – the source of the miraculous life in man. To read the many facets of life of the Bulamanriver, go to my website www.bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my Book.
All scriptures are taken from the NIV Version 2011, unless stated otherwise.