Commitment and Surrender

21. October '10

 

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between commitment and surrender. I’d like to think that I am a committed Christian. Commitment to Christ means that I have decided to follow Jesus. I am in control of what I commit myself to. I commit to pay my credit card debt. I commit to pay my rent on time. But at any point I can decide not to. I am still in control. With surrender, however, I relinquish my control. I slip out of the driver’s seat and invite Christ to put his hands on the wheel and direct my life where HE wants to. It’s scary and I believe that God is more interested in my surrender than He is in my commitment. At the end of Isaiah’s vision in chapter 6 of his book he said, “Here am I, send me.” He simply made himself available to the will of the God of the universe, laying aside his own desires and his own vision. I want to learn how to do that instead of just constantly promising God to live a certain way, do certain things... promises that I'm not so good at keeping. Promises and commitments are important, but if I can learn to just surrender and get out of the way, I believe all that will happen naturally. Here is an article that made a profound impact on me: http://www.navpress.com/dj/content.aspx?id=4422