The Power of Surrender

There are few words that control freaks around the world, like me, struggle with more than “surrender.”

We like to think we can manipulate almost anything to go our way.

We like to think that given enough time and money we can make almost anything happen.

We like to think we are where we are because of what we’ve done.

Taking our hands off a circumstance and trusting someone other than ourselves seems totally counter-intuitive.

But there are few things more powerful than the act of surrender. In fact, in life, it may be the most powerful thing you can do.

Surrender can be the turning point in your life. There is life-changing, heart-shaping power when you say to Jesus, “You are God. I am not. I will trust you.”

I will trust YOU with my marriage.

I will trust YOU with my children.

I will trust YOU with my finances.

I will trust YOU with my future.

There is an unexplainable, unmeasurable, transcending power that comes along with the act of surrender.

We see this even in the life of Jesus. The most powerful moment in His life was not necessarily when he made the winds and waves calm with just the spoken word. It probably wasn’t when he fed the 5,000 or even when he brought Lazuras back from the dead by simply calling to him.

His most powerful moment, in my opinion, was in the Garden of Gethsemane when he chose to let go of any temptation to control his own fate or future and He completely surrendered saying, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Fill in this blank.

The area in my life I most need to surrender control is _____.

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Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, WithoutWax.tv. Pete is married and has three sons.