The image this word brings to your mind is probably like mine -- one of prisoners chained together, marching off to prison, beaten down, demoralized.
Surrendered over to the enemy. No hope. No future. No freedom.
In conversion, the sinner’s surrender is wrought and executed by the victor -- Jesus. He gains control of the convert’s heart, and he directs all its ways. Now every step on the path leads to to the conqueror’s destination. And every action is the result of heart’s desires molded to reflect the master’s will.
This captive sings her captor’s praises, tears of joy wet her face, her hope resting in every word from her lord.
Jesus’s destiny for me is a life lived by faith in him, no longer a prisoner, now a disciple. It has been a narrow and challenging path along these 50+ years, but my hope is an eternity free from the presence of sin and all the reminders of my former rebellious ways -- an eternity with the Father who removed the stain of my past and calls me his child, an eternity gazing at the one who captured me, and set me free.
Look at what Galatians 2:20 says: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
This is a surrender to freedom in Christ, the Victor who takes no prisoners.
** Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating). The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me! This week, the word was SURRENDER.
Laura England Miller