Submit and Surrender! 2018-56
Sounds like a line from a TV show episode, but I am not referring to anything like that reference!
First off, allow me to define both words for you per Merriam Webster dictionary:
To Submit: To act always obedient, particularly to a master. This would be like a pet to an owner, or a slave to a master, but involves yielding oneself to the authority or will of another.
Surrender: to yield to the power, control or possession of another upon compulsion or demand. This would particularly be as a prisoner.
So, what do we do if we are going to submit ourselves to God and surrender ourselves to Jesus Christ? And, why should we do so? I realize that some could care less, but some do, so I will continue.
I have commented on this at one time, when I partook of a reaffirmation of my baptism. After the service was done, I declared that I was going to submit myself to God and surrender myself to Jesus Christ! I said this, but in hindsight, I was not sure of the exact meaning of what I said and what it entailed!
Since then, I have found that God is a demanding God. He does not want us to serve or submit to Him, because we are just supposed to do so. He WANTS us to do so, because we love Him!
Ok, I believe in Him and DO love him, yet I find that submitting to Him is a commitment; one that is difficult to do so in totality. It is making a commitment of ALL my energy, emotions, thoughts, and actions toward God. Quite a package to consider!!!
I feel I am NOT doing what I could, to fulfill my commitment, but also believe, I AM working on it. It is a slow process for me but one that I think is going in the right direction.
The same goes for surrendering myself to Jesus Christ. All that I have said about submitting to God applies to this surrendering to Jesus Christ. I will NOT beat myself up in this matter, just make these statements. I might hold myself to a high standard for doing these thing with God and Jesus, but feel they have a higher standard themselves for me. So be it!
Therefore, I will Keep working on how to satisfy God and pray I have their help and understanding, which I really think they are doing for me. I know one thing for sure!! I am a better person than what I was before, I have a deeper relationship with God and am feeling better about myself and others. I would NEVER have found this out, unless I made the first step toward becoming closer to God and in doing so, my life has been changed; changed forever.
I would suggest that you consider what I have stated above and give it some thought. I am on MY journey and it works for me. I wish anyone reading this to begin their journey in any way that they feel comfortable, any way they feel good, and maybe, just maybe, they will find the contentment that I have found, the joy that I experience, in my journey. It really is neat and wonderful………….
Thanks be to God!
Den Betts firstname.lastname@example.org Blog @: thebettsden.com