“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
John 6:38 (NASB)
I was seeking God’s guidance this morning what I was to write today, which required me to wait patiently on Him. My daily devotions consists of prayer, His Word, devotions written by Ruth Kirk and David Kitz. Ruth’s poem “Source” inspired my comment: “God is with us just waiting for our petitions. Like the Father of the prodigal He will do nothing until His child acts first; He requires a willing subject surrendered to Him.” This sparked a train of thought which remembered the Frances Ridley Havergal hymn “Take My Life.” As my spirit sang this sacred hymn the title of this post was born.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the ultimate example of the surrendered life. As another famous worship song says: ” You came from Heaven to Earth to show the way.” It is the way of utter surrender to the will of God the Father. We witness our Lord’s surrender to God’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mat.26:39), a painful affair for His humanity. The surrendered life is not an easy life, it requires sacrifice.
Dear reader, have you surrendered your life to God? Not just this bit or that bit, or certain days and times, but all of it. For Almighty God to achieve His will through us we must not withold anything from Him. Your mind, heart and possessions all belong to Him. As we celebrate our Saviour’s birthday by giving gifts to our loved ones let us not forget to give ourselves as an offering to God our Father, then stand back and watch what He achieves through our surrendered life.