Matthew 16:24-25 NLT
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
I just got done reading through a 7 day devotional on the Bible app regarding Resurrender. It seems timely to me as a new year has begun and I’m reflecting on my walk with God and how I need to be more committed in my daily walk with Him.
As I thought to myself about things that we do daily in our lives, there are so many daily routines that we become accustomed to. From the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night, we have many routines that we go through each day. Many of these routines we don’t even think twice about because they have become such a habit. We just get used to doing the same things each day and it becomes second nature to us.
As I consider so much that I do on a daily basis, I think about my walk with God and what all I am doing each day to live for Him. This devotional I read reminded me that surrender is not just a one-time thing I did when I gave my life to Christ so many years ago. Each day, it needs to be a routine to surrender my life back to God. But it needs to be more than just a regular routine. Routine is and can be good, but I don’t want to just say the words that I surrender and go on with my day. I want my resurrender to God to be very heartfelt and very genuine.
We’ve experienced some challenging times lately in our home and we’ve been learning to really trust and rely on Him instead of our own understanding and strength. However, this is a daily decision we have to make. It is not easy to choose each day to deny ourselves and walk with Him in total surrender. I am learning that it is amazing to resurrender each day and watch Him work in ways I don’t understand. Even the days when I have no idea what He is doing, I still choose to resurrender because I know His ways are not my ways.
I need to choose each day to deny myself, take up my cross and follow Jesus without any reservations. Resurrender involves me being willing to completely give up my ways.
My prayer is that we will all make a genuine choice each new day to completely turn over our lives and resurrender to Him.