“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
In his book, “A Season for the Spirit,” Martin L. Smith defines surrender as
“the laying down of resistance to the One who loves me infinitely more than I can guess, the One who is more on my side than I am myself.”
I would not describe myself as a person who needs to be in control. However, I would describe myself as someone who likes routine and is a creature of habit – both good and bad ones.
Surrendering is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I have discovered, at least for me, that surrendering involves presenting the first moments of my day before God and offering my whole self for Him to work through.
Giving up control, even of those things that seem small and trivial, brings me closer to the God who loves and fully knows me – who is more on my side than I am myself. He already knows what the day ahead is going to look like – the temptations that will come, the struggles I will face. Surrendering makes my faith stronger, my trust in Him builds, and I continue to reflect on all His provision.
Lord, I surrender myself to you. I give up my old self: who I was, my old habits, my sinful self, and ask you to create in me a new life, a new, clean heart – each day, everyday.