“After surrender – what?”

Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will; when that is done, all is done.  There are very few crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the will.  God never crushes a man’s will into surrender, He never beseeches him, He waits until the man yields up his will to Him.  That battle never needs to be refought.

Surrender for Deliverance.  “Come unto Me and I will give you rest.”  It is after we have begun to experience what salvation means that we surrender our wills to Jesus for rest.  Whatever is perplexing heart or mind is a call to the will – “Come unto Me.”  It is voluntary coming.

Surrender for Devotion.  “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.”  The surrender here is of my self to Jesus, my self with His rest at the heart of it.  “If you would be My disciple, give up your right to yourself to Me.”  Then the remainder of the life is nothing but the manifestation of this surrender.  When once the surrender has taken place we never need “suppose” anything.  We do not need to care what our circumstances are, Jesus is amply sufficient.

Surrender for Death.  John 21:18-19. “…Another shall gird thee.” Have you learned what it means to be bound for death?  Beware of a surrender which you make to God in an ecstasy; you are apt to take it back again.  It is a question of being united with Jesus in His death until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him. 

~Oswald Chambers…My Utmost for His Highest

 

…for Deliverance: Rest.  It’s like this out of reach dream for most of us.  For new mom’s it’s 6 straight hours of sleep in the night!  For parents with older children it’s an undisturbed 5 minutes.  For any and all it’s a day with nothing to do.  For the Christian, it is all day, every day!  A Christian never has to look for a time of rest…we are always in the arms of the One Who gives it!  What confounds is how to make that our reality.  How do I find rest in a house full of children that are climbing on things that were never meant to be climbed on…screaming and running and wanting and needing?  How do I find rest when my mind is at war…with my destructive and jealous thoughts…with my flesh?  How do I find rest when all the hours are spent?  It is only in surrender of expectations of what this world has to offer, and surrender to the One Who shows us how to live for the “world” (with Him) that exceeds all we see and know.  It’s eternal living…on earth.

…for Devotion: A whole life lived in Him!  Can it really be done?  On my own, absolutely NOT!  In my own strength, all will fall; in my own attempts, all will fail.  In Christ ALONE…all has been, is, and will be!  Will I let His rest and peace really transcend all circumstances in my life?  When death and torment and alone-ness and pain and sickness are my reality?  When sin is my constant struggle and my life looks more scarred than healed?  When bills are due and pay day hasn’t come yet?  When needs are abundant and provision seems scarce?  When the sun shines, the account is fuller than usual, all are healthy and laughing…will my peace still be in Him ALONE?  Rest and Peace from Him are not dependent upon any outside – earthly situation.  His Peace doesn’t decrease when life is too hot or too cold nor does in increase when it is just right. God doesn’t depend on my life…I depend on His!  So, I pray for His great life to be at home in me; a renewing of the mind and a guarding of the heart that my desires and passions and purposes would mirror His.  It’s eternal living…on earth.

..for Death: This surrender to Death is a Life-long decision.  To stay dead to the old and alive only to the new.  Jesus didn’t resurrect to live more for this earth; He was heading home!  I haven’t always looked at my resurrected life as one “heading home,” nor has it always looked any different than the before picture.  I have mostly set-up camp right here.  Planting flowers and setting out table cloths on quick-sand. (Life is fleeting.)  I was meant to store up very little here, where all dies, and to store up all treasures there, where all is life! I was meant to be united with Jesus in His death until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.  It’s eternal living…on earth.

After surrender – what?  The whole of the life after surrender is an aspiration for unbroken communion with God.  (~Oswald Chambers…My Utmost for His Highest)  So why be broken, die, and surrender?  So that we can be made whole, revived, and given all of Him!  Never another moment apart from Him…His rest…His peace.  It really is eternal living…on earth!