“Surrender and come out with your hands up!”
Usually, these words conjure a scene in our minds where police have surrounded a robber caught after committing a crime. The robber is left with a decision: to give up to authorities and face the consequences, or hold out hoping to find an escape someway, or sadly, take his own life.
To surrender implies giving up or giving in to someone who will have complete control over you. Naturally, this isn’t easy to do. The human nature in us doesn’t usually want to surrender to anyone. Instead, it is our tendency to resist, rebel, reject the demand to submit to another person.
Perhaps this explains why many are reluctant to surrender their lives to a higher Power like God through accepting his Son, Jesus Christ. Though they are guilty of sin, like we all are, their inclination is to resist. They bristle at the thought of having to give up what they perceive is a care-free life to be chained down to rules and rituals.
But I propose that surrendering to Christ is the best thing you can ever do. In fact, it’s the ONLY thing you can do if you ever hope to truly be happy and free. That’s why it’s called, “Sweet Surrender.”
This, by the way, happens to be the title of a Christian song some years ago recorded by singing artist Jaci Velasquez. The song carries the idea that when we surrender to God’s love, he will give us inner rest and peace. The lyrics are…
It’s not a mysterious wind,
And it’s not the thunder rollin’ in.
It’s a spirit that I feel within that’s callin’,
I understand but I can’t explain.
Now I see love in a different way,
And with a single leap of faith I’m fallin’
Into Your lovin’ arms,
Showing no resistance;
There’s a peace that flows over me.
Love me tender.
You have captured my desiring heart — completely.
I will gladly give my all to You — receive me,
Oh Lord, I am ever Yours.
Your love offers no escape
But I don’t feel the need to run away.
My heart has found a place to stay — here with you,
Nothing else could satisfy
The deep void that I had inside
From all the worldly battles I have lived through
Now here in Your loving arms,
I have gone the distance,
I will rest my soul in your embrace.
Notice the words, “I will gladly give my all to You…Oh Lord, I am ever Yours.” There is no reluctance or resistance when you surrender to Christ and make him Master of your life. You put your complete trust in him and all his peace to be your peace.
It starts by confessing your guilt as a sinner and believing that God raised his Son from the dead to give you a new life centered on obedience and acceptance of his eternal salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation,” (New American Standard Bible, NASB).
And Hebrews 5:9 says, “And having been made perfect, He [Jesus] became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” (NASB).
Surrendering to Christ through obedience and acceptance includes faith (Ephesians 2:8), repentance (Acts 2:38), and baptism (Romans 6:1-7). Faith is believing, knowing, and trusting God and his Word. Repentance is recognizing sin, regretting sin, and renouncing sin in your life. Baptism, an ordinance of Christ, is immersion in water. It symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12).
Just as faith and repentance, baptism is also a requirement in order be saved (1 Peter 3:21). For it results in remission or forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:6) and entrance into Christ (Galatians 3:27). When you enter into Christ, you receive the Spirit or Power of God to change and improve your life (Rom. 12:2; Gal. 5:19-26), to enable you to serve him through his many gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Rom. 12:6-21; Ephesians 4:4-32), and to give you the hope of inheriting eternal life in his kingdom as demonstrated by the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 8:10-11; Philippians 3:9-11).
Coming out with your hands up signifies true surrender. We raise our hands to him, reaching out to the One who died for our sins, offering confession, as well as praise for his love. And it’s out of hope that we look forward to receive eternal life when he returns in glory and power. What peace, joy, and love we can experience each day even when times get rough as we submit to him. No wonder it’s called, “Sweet Surrender”!
Good News to YOU!
P.S. May God speak to your heart as you listen to this beautiful song: http://youtu.be/3U8r9AP1KZU