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, there was usually 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 about my addiction, 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 abandon 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.
- Is it hard for you to surrender your will?
- What about it scares you?