An unpopular word in the military for sure! Probably elicits a negative emotion in anyone who has given over control to another expecting good with the opposite happening. What adult has not suffered from unwisely surrendering control to a temptation, passion, or friend’s whim against his better judgment with harmful consequences? I have never known a POW personally. Thank God, I never had that awful experience. For good reason, this issue of SURRENDER is dealt with in the training of soldiers, sailors, airman and marines. It is too important not to harden minds against such a tendency ahead of placing men in harm’s way. To surrender is a last resort in our thinking. Control of our lives is vital to most. Who willingly surrenders to another? Is there ever any good reason to do so? Consider marriage, a business partnership, or joining the military. It is an important concept in relationships. What should be our most important relationship? Is complete control over our lives even possible? Everyone surrenders to someone or something whether they know it or not, even the most independent of souls. If one thinks he is in total control of his life he is deceived. There is a devil and if one isn’t looking to God then spiritually he is under that dark power’s control. Turning to God is the biggest decision we will ever do on this earth. Failure to turn to Jesus Christ has eternal consequences. If we are to believe the Bible, most never surrender their lives to God. (Matthew 7: 13-14) This issue is so important, I have quoted the words of Jesus Christ to a vital question. “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you. I know you not whence ye are; Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Most of the internal problems in the American church and why it lacks power to impact society is due to a failure to surrender. The sad moral state of America is because of rejection of God. Our flesh does not want to die. To surrender to God seems unnatural to men, but it is a completely rational act. How is your attempt to stay in control working for you? Is it time to surrender to God?