God loves to see in me, not his servant, but himself who serves All.
The reason we must learn to understand… And then apply the concept of Surrender to our lives, can be answered by asking ourselves a few very pointed questions.
Am I like God Now?
Am I getting closer?
Am I there yet?
If we are honest with ourselves about the answers to these questions, we would probably have to answer, “NO”
My life has been filled with debilitating pain and heartache, as well as moments of ecstatic joy.
Just like yours!
The entire universe as I see it, is made up of LOVE.
The entire Bible could be condensed down into one concept: Love.
Each and every one of us are an individualized expression of the God of Love.
We all need to learn to surrender to who and what we are, expressions of love, created in the image of God.
When we experience moments of heartbreak, we can find peace in surrendering to the knowledge that we are loved and supported by a loving God.
When we have times of ecstatic joy, we can open our hearts and completely surrender ourselves to that joy, knowing that in those moments we are experiencing the Love of God.
When Paul was in prison he taught us all a very powerful lesson on the Art of Surrender.
(Philippians 4:11) “11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
I don’t know if I have reached the point where I could be sitting in prison being tortured like Paul was in Philippi, and experience contentment in that place.
But I am working on that every single day.
Nevertheless, the Art of Surrender can be learned.
The Holy Spirit must be our teacher and the grace of God must bring the lesson to our hearts.
You and I, as children of God, can grow in contentment.
It is hard learning, but it is very much worth it.
Lets think about this idea a little more…
We came from Love; therefore, we must all “BE” love in some way, since we must embody the traits of our origin.
Jesus put it this way, (1 John 4:8) “8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Pretty basic concept, very straightforward and easy to understand.
God is Love, and we were created in his image, so we are love too.
Learning to surrender is vital because every day, in almost every moment we are moving away from our original nature and toward our sin nature.
Every act of judgement, anger, shame, fear, anxiety, and violence moves us away from the peace and comfort that can only be found when we are in fellowship with our Creator.
Do you ever meditate on what it was like when we existed in heaven with God?
What were we doing?
The instant we were born, the answers to these questions became nearly impossible to contemplate, but I think it’s the most thought about question in humanity.
Learning to surrender is vital because we entered this world with nothing, and we will leave it with nothing.
Therefore, we need to learn to let go and surrender to “what is”.
In Heaven there was nothing to own, nothing to fight over, nothing to worry about…
Then we entered this world where “something” has replaced the “nothing”.
In our material world, owning nothing and doing nothing is generally interpreted as signs of failure…
Yet, our true nature is most comfortable with “nothing.”
Think about it…in those moments where you felt closest to God, you were sitting in silence with nothing to take care of, you were just “being”
One of my favorite quotes is from Herman Melville, he said,
“God’s one and only voice is silence.”
We are commanded to be empty vessels before God.
We must make the effort to find our way to that peaceful nothingness while we are still in our bodies.
This is the very purpose of our existence.
To express our faith in Jesus through the life we live.
To become a reflection of Him.
We can empty our pockets, or our purses…
but the thing that most needs to emptied often, is our mind so that we can relish the joy of living in this physical world while simultaneously experiencing the bliss of nothingness.
That is our origin…and our final destination.
When you begin to surrender your life to the Lord, you will discover that at our spiritual core, we are both nothing, as well as connected to something glorious and beyond our minds ability to comprehend.
The place we came from is devoid of dichotomies, unlike our material world, which is dependant on opposites.
In this world, without the concept of up, there can be no down.
Without death, there’s no life.
The north pole of a magnet cannot exist without the south pole.
No males without females.
No right, no wrong,
We think in dichotomies, and we identify ourselves on the basis of opposites.
We know what we like.
What tastes good.
What feels good…
and so on, because of our experiences with what we Dis like.
My goal in writing this series on Surrender was to help mostly myself, but also all of you come to an understanding of our purpose in life.
If we can imagine that we are free of all labels,
And all judgements,
About this world, and the lives inhabiting it,
We can then, and only then, begin the process of Surrender.
We can relax into the silence of where we came from.
We can discover the meaning of life by returning to that oneness and nothingness while we are still in our physical forms.
The closer we can get to experiencing our original nature, the more peace and purpose flows through us.