Have you noticed that the more we give control over to God, the better things get? We know and have seen time and time again that He can handle the direction of our lives way better than we can. It’s like He has been running the universe way longer than we have. He gently asks for more and more surrender in our lives, doesn’t He? When I pray about my kids, finances, and my marriage, I hear Him gently whispering to my heart, “Give them to me.” When I wonder about my future, my failures, my friendships, He asks, “Can I have Lordship over those?” It really is a daily waving of a white flag in my heart. A daily surrendering of ALL to Him.
Can’t you just picture the scene in those old movies with the soldier on the hill, waving his white sheet on a wooden stick? At the time this surrendering can feel so hard, and yet each time He proves Himself faithful to be trusted with my everything.
Lately I’ve been noticing that pirate ships and the huge sailboats like the Mayflower are great visuals for this. There are multiple white sails on these boats—some huge and some small—and because they have so many sails, they can of course cover many more miles than a small sailboat. It’s just like in our lives. If we will put up our sails of surrender, He fills those sails with His Holy Spirit, and that wind propels us into high peace-filled adventure . . . into our God-given destinies. The largest sail of surrender is unfurled when we surrender our lives to Jesus and allow Him to be our personal savior. *(If you have never totally given your life over to Christ and would like to today, please see the prayer at the end of this blog).
As we grow in Christ, we begin to surrender all parts of our lives to Him. We give Him our families, our careers, our marriages, and our children. Some sails are smaller and not seen by many. Some sails are who we are when no one is looking . . . small acts of surrender in how we spend our time and even more hidden areas of what we are constantly thinking about. For example, as I’ve aged, I’ve noticed that my thoughts have been turning more and more to fighting wrinkles, dying gray roots, and constantly trying to lose those same ten pounds. How much am I thinking about this? How much are we focusing on something? For His Lordship to control my thoughts, I must surrender . . . wave the white flag . . . I give up. This seemingly small sail of my obsessive thoughts only seems small because I don’t tell people about it.
How about you? Is there a sail of surrender that God is asking you to wave? It’ll be worth it. His exciting adventures await us!
Dear God in Heaven, I come to You in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need Your forgiveness.
I believe that Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9, that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and, according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for Your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that Your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not to myself.