v.sur·ren·dered, sur·ren·der·ing, sur·ren·ders1. To relinquish possession or control of to another because of demand or compulsion.2. To give up in favor of another.3. To give up or give back (something that has been granted): surrender a contractual right.4. To give up or abandon: surrender all hope.5. To give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion: surrendered himself to grief.
May I suggest a slight revision to #1 above? My thought would be, in the case of surrendering to God, that we change the “because of demand or compulsion” to “because of love”. We surrender out of love for God, but also we surrender to Love. Because our God is love (1 Jn.4:8, 16).
From Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, I was struck by this thought on surrender:
To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way that we walk, talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “…but perfect love casts out fear” once we are surrendered to God (1 Jn.4:18)… Once we are totally surrendered to God, he will work through us all the time.
So surrender to God. Surrender to Love. Ditch the fear of what others think. Ditch the idea that doing the right thing, saying the right thing is what it’s all about. It’s not. It’s about love, and surrendering yourself totally to that love.
Jesus, please help us to surrender all to you. You desperately want to free us from our shame, our hurts, the dark places that still lurk within our hearts. But in order to do this, we need to be willing to open ourselves to you totally. Give us this day the strength and the courage to do this. Help us to surrender so that you can work through us all the time, to bring light and love to others. Amen.