Sep
22

Surrender Your Way into Grace

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 “All to Jesus, I surrender. All to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live. I surrender all.”

The words take me back in my mind to the little country church where I grew up. I can almost hear my uncle sing the words as people behind me and around me echo the sentiment. The melody….serene, tranquil. The words sound to have been written when De Venter, the author, was immersed in a glory cloud, and certainly not before two cups of morning coffee.

Doesn’t it sound simple, without any labor at all? You know, just surrender?

Maybe I’m atypical, although I suspect not, but I don’t always find it to be so, you know, easy. At times, it’s more like finding myself at the end of a battle, sweaty, bloody, bruised, and beaten, pinned to the mat and then, almost unable to breathe, let alone speak, my surrender comes

After all, it’s war imagery. Surrender. The white flag. Defeat.

Perhaps it’s like the place Peter found himself in after our Lord’s resurrection when he appeared to Peter and began the process of restoring him, asking Peter three times about the depth of his love for him. Peter faced his own personal fallenness, his brokenness, his betrayal of the Lord. Peter, pinned to the mat, struggled this time to declare his unwavering, unconditional love to Jesus. He knew more of his own heart now than before when he had so adamantly declared that he’d never, ever, betray the Lord.

Now Peter confessed his love and yet, his limitedness, his humanity (John 21).

Peter surrendered his way into grace.

Just weeks later, God chose Peter, in his surrendered brokenness, to preach the first message to the church. Peter preached, no longer so self-sufficient, living in the grace of God that Peter had found went as deep as his sinfulness, his brokenness. One has to wonder when if Peter later wrote of tasting the Lord’s kindness, he was thinking of the moment when he looked into the loving, grace-filled eyes of Jesus and heard him say, “Feed my sheep.”

My translation: Yes, you Peter, the one who denied me three times. Now get about my business again. I trust you to lead my people.

Paul later recorded the Lord’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you and My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”

Surrender. A good thing. A painful thing. A necessary thing.

It’s our way to access the grace of God that sets us free and heals our hearts and baptizes us into our purpose and destiny.

Do you need to surrender an issue to the Lord? A struggle? An area of your heart?

Go ahead. Wave the white flag. Don’t wait to be pinned to the mat.

Surrender your way into grace.

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