What Can We Give God That He doesn’t Already Have?

I read somewhere that the submission of our will is the only unique thing we can give to God. Everything else He’s already given us, but when we surrender our will to Him we’re actually really giving Him something.

There were so many times I tried to do things for God that were my idea, not His. And even though they involved sacrifice, sometimes there was kind of a selfish motive attached. For instance, I gave up dessert for 40 days before going to Israel around the time our church was involved in a 40 day fast. I figured I’d have plenty of dessert while I was on vacation, and I wanted to look good in my clothes. I don’t think God actually gave a hill of beans whether or not I gave up dessert.

Giving up my addiction was a sacrifice as well. I tried to do it my way a thousand times: “God if you will take this addiction from me, I will do this, that, or the other thing.”

You see, it wasn’t as much about my addiction as it was about my will and how I thought my addiction should be removed. It wasn’t until I fully surrendered that part to Him that I was able to overcome it.

And as the years go by, I see more and more that His will for me is to surrender my plans for my life; my hopes and my dreams; the things that define me; and give them to Him.

His will for me… is that I give up mine for His.

  1. Is it hard for you to surrender your will?
  2. What about it scares you?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Randy K says:

    2 Corinthians 5:15… ☺

  2. Diana says:

    So true!! I am presently recovering from a real bad episode of depression and anxiety due to some health and work issues. Your message resonates so loudly to me and convicts me! Thank you for the reminder!!

  3. Hi Diana, I will pray God lifts the depression and anxiety off you. The Serenity Prayer is always REALLY helpful too. Not just saying it but really thinking and praying about it’s meaning. Thanks so much for reading!

  4. mrpayaso says:

    Being sober, we still live in the shadows of our addictions. Ive been sober for 7 years, but I was an addict for about 24 years, so Im still learning about me and what God’s plans are for me. But Life is so much better in Gods warming light!!

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