Word of the Day
In our preaching and teaching, why do we use the word, “surrender”, in our references to following Jesus. Just where do we find that in Scripture?
The very idea of “surrender”, as any military person who has undergone combat training means to “give up when necessary to avoid certain death, but never give up”. From the time you hoist the white flag of surrender, your mind must be focused on escape. You may have to “give up” to avoid this certain death, but you NEVER “give in” to your enemy. The Scriptures never use this term nor this idea.
The Scriptures call on us to “submit” to the Lordship of Jesus Christ(let’s face it, He is NOT our enemy). Submission means that we willingly bow to Him, committing ourselves to His Kingship and Mastery of our lives. The word actually means to “line up under” His Supreme Authority. It is a matter of love, adoration and appreciation of what He did to redeem us from ourselves and from our sin.
Submitting is voluntary and life-long, while surrender is forced upon us and is as temporary as possible.
Which describes your walk with God, surrender to an enemy, or submit to a Redeemer???