The real definition of the word “surrender” in the dictionary is: (v. t.) To give up possession of; to yield; to resign; as, to surrender a right, privilege, or advantage.
Rendida is the spanish translation of the word surrendered. Not the present tense verb “to surrender”, but the past tense form, “surrendered.” I love that. Because in this case, the surrendering has already taken place. The battle has already been fought. The victory has already been won. Surrendered.
Job 11:13-15 “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.” (CEV)
Ekdotos is the original Greek word for surrendered originating from the Greek word didómi meaning to give. I think the origin of the Greek word has such purpose in that when we are surrendered, we are giving up ourself- our own rights, our own plans, and our own desires to the will of God. Open handedly laying down our lives to the hands of our Maker who goes before us and behind us (Deuteronomy 31:8). So many countless times in my life I have planned out how my life would play out. The plan in my head consisted of what the world would view as a “perfect” life. From the outside looking in, I would have it all together. Even though many times on the inside, I would be struggling. Struggling because with so many things in my life -material things, grades, people, my future- I was holding onto with closed fists as if they were mine to begin with. When in reality, they were never mine. Everything I have on this earth that is good is single handedly a gift from Jesus, and yet the things I held so dear to my heart overcame me with by a sense of fear at the thought of ever having to let them go. Not until this year, when I picked out my word for the year of 2016 did I truly understand and fully comprehend how in depth and meaningful the word “surrendered” is. This word in particular seemed a quite fitting word to describe the stage of life and the circumstances that I am in. Surrendered is where true freedom is found.
My personal definition of surrendered is the act of having given up of yourself through completely relinquishing every ounce of your being to submit to a higher power in which you can place your undivided trust and unshaken hope in. Surrendered is what pulled me out of the heavy darkness that my soul was entrapped in. Surrendered is the reason that I am constantly full of joy and life because my life is held the Lord’s hands therefore I have no reason to worry or be afraid. Surrendered is why I can live today to my absolute fullest that I can without fear of what tomorrow will bring. Surrendered is how I can love people in the midst of my imperfections and brokenness because not only am I surrendered, but I am redeemed. Surrendered gives me the ability to be clothed in strength and dignity and laugh at the days to come. Surrendered helps me trust in the Lord with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. Surrendered allows God to turn the ashes in my life into something extraordinarily beautiful.
Surrendered grants me permission to live this life in firm security that my eternity is sealed forevermore.
“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
However, to be surrendered is to abide in Christ. To embrace whatever season of life you are in at the moment, to hold loosely whatever it is that is vying for the affection and attention of your heart, to be still and let the Lord fight for you day after day (Exodus 14:14). Surrendering is not a one time thing. Yes, of course, the moment you give your life to Christ and dedicate the remainder of your time on earth to Him, that is a one time moment of surrender to Jesus. But every morning you open your eyes and awaken to the colorfully painted sky of a fresh new day, you are faced with a choice. You have one of two options in that exact moment before you hit snooze and do that little morning stretch and yawn like a little kitten to roll out of your bed to make your morning coffee, you have a choice, dear friend.
1) Take matters into your own hands. You know in your heart and in your mind that this is the day that the Lord has made, however, you want things to go the way you want them to. You want everyone at work to like you. You want to ace that Anatomy test that you studied for hours on end because you are currently failing the class and it is extremely important for your career (guilty oops). You want to be accepted and loved by those around you. Today is finally the day you will give up sweets and soda and run 4 miles for exercise because you “forgot” to yesterday. You aren’t going to sin today or allow the struggles that have been overtaking your thoughts to bog you down (good try). You are going to face the world on your own strength and fight for your will because even though it is harder to approach on your own, it is easier to be the one in control.
2) Your day is surrendered to Jesus who has already been there. He already knows every word that will be said today- hurtful or uplifting, every conversation you will have- shallow or deep, every person you will come into contact with, every thought that will cross your mind, every emotion that you will feel, every lie you will believe, every truth that will sink in, every sin that you will struggle with, every battle He will overcome for you, every breath that you will breathe.
Which will you choose today?
Elisabeth Elliot wrote this quote in her book, Through Gates of Splendor, and she proclaims, “I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” To live with a purpose greater than what the mere eye can see. To recklessly abandon the things we hold so close to our hearts to the One who created them in the first place. My prayer for you, my dear friends and precious readers of this post, will be to live a life that is surrendered. Today and every single day. For to live a life that is surrendered, is to live a life of endless joy, countless opportunities, genuine love, sweet freedom, and ongoing strength. To surrender, dear child of God, is to live. (Romans 12:1)
Permite tener nuestro día para ser rendida a Jesús, él está en control.
My prayer for our generation is that we will be a generation that is surrendered. Giving up of our own plans for our lives to the perfect plan of the Lord because He knows what is best, beloved ones. All He asks of us is to trust Him.
Live in freedom.
Experience the fullness of joy.
Laugh without fear of tomorrow.