We have often come across the term “Absolute Surrender”. Something like that would mean giving up everything without control over anything. As believers, that is exactly what we do when we accept Christ to be the President of, and Resident in, our lives. When we surrender everything into God’s hands, we are telling Him to take it all and use it toward His Glory. At the same time, our surrender should be ABSOLUTE – we can’t say, “God, I’d like you to look after all these things in my life except THIS. I think I know pretty much all about this to handle it just fine…” – that would be exerting control and would hinder God’s absolute, perfect plan in our lives.
When we surrender completely into God’s hands, He is going to shape us into perfection – into the masterpiece that He wants us to be. He is going to shape us to be more and more like Him. Consider it this way – God is going to ‘chisel’ away all the unwanted ‘deadwood’ in our lives. Now chiseling is not exactly a pleasant experience – it might even be a painful experience – but what is really important is the end result in which we become masterpieces in the wonderful workmanship of our Lord. ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
Revelation 3:19 says: ‘I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.’ (NLT) It is only because of God’s love that He rebukes from our wrong doing and sets us on the right path. We need to accept this ‘pruning’ so that we can grow in the right path according to His will.
Sometimes, this ‘chiseling’ and ‘pruning’ and ‘correction’ can work up quit a storm in our lives. At these points of time, we need to stick firm to our refuge – our Lord – or else we may be blown away by the storm and go astray. But once we realize that the storm we are in is for our own good, we will be able to accept it all the more easier. As human beings, we tend to ignore the bigger picture and focus merely on the present. When we focus on the Lord and cling firmly to Him, He will help us to grasp that bigger picture and help us through the storm.
Sometimes these storms come into our lives in order to bring us down on our knees, reminding us of our weakness and our dependence on the Lord.
We need to adopt an attitude where we are ready to accept all the challenges that come our way so that we finally result in the masterpiece that God wants us to be. We need to understand that it is for our own good, and that no matter what storms may breeze through our lives, we will not be shaken and continue to follow the Lord.
Mikeschair’s song ‘Let the waters Rise’ says it best:
“There’s a raging sea, right in front of me;
(It) wants to pull me in, bring me to my knees,
So let the waters rise, if You want them to,
I will follow You, I will follow You…”