Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.
Yesterday was my birthday.
I turned 35.
Between you and me,
I feel kind of old now.
The cool thing about having your birthday in January is that it’s happening at the same time that everyone else is talking about new beginnings, resolutions, and self improvement.
I mean, the timing is really pretty perfect.
So, I’ve been preparing to know my One Word Resolution by my birthday.
I knew it a few weeks ago, but I’ve been trying to hide from it.
I’m not a big fan of the word surrender.
After reading the Wikipedia definition I was even less of a fan.
I tried to ask God for a different word, but to no avail.
And so, in effect, my first act of surrender for the year was to surrender to the word itself.
How’s that for irony!?!
I understand why God is asking me to accept Surrender as the word that will represent my year.
Surrender is a natural response to Trust, my word for last year.
I am excited to see how God will build this year on last year’s growth.
I am ready to surrender.
To start off right:
I am reading Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.
I have started the Living The Surrendered Life Bible study through YouVersion.
I’m following #Surrender on Twitter.
I’m looking through #Surrender photos on Instagram.
And I’m considering these thoughts by Ron Edmondson:
Surrender is less about a formula and more about knowing the person of Christ.
Surrender is less about an action plan and more about devoting one’s self to Jesus.
Surrender is less about finding answers and more about obedience to His plan as He reveals it.
Surrender is less about solving a specific problem and more about creating a lifestyle of following Christ.
Thank you for your continued friendship. Now, what about you? Do you have a one word resolution for 2013 (you can learn more at myoneword.org)? What does surrender mean to you?
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I look forward to hearing from you!
Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives.