To submit fully to some one elses authority. Let me say that again. To submit fully to some elses authority, this is what it means to surrender. That’s a little intimidating because as humans we like control, and we certainly don’t give it up easily. Especially when pride is involved, it feels impossible!
As Christians we’re called to surrender to God, to Christ. We are called to leave our burdens at the cross, to lay them down at Jesus’ feet. We were never meant to carry these things ourselves, it’s not healthy. It leaves us exhausted and overwhelmed. So why do we insist on holding on to these weights?
Over the last three weeks I’ve learned a lot about surrender, but this week hit me hard. I didn’t realize how much I was holding by myself and it took the hard way for me to see this. I’ve allowed these burdens to dig deep and cling to me, so much so that I’ve been getting overwhelmed with anxiety, which is not a feeling I’d wish upon anyone. It scared me. I hated that feeling, and I was lost on how to get rid of it.
This takes us back to surrender. That’s the only answer I could come up with. Surrender. I can’t hold all of this by myself anymore, I don’t want to. I need Jesus. Only He can take this from me. How can we fully embrace Him when our arms are full with all of our crud? We can’t. I’m still learning to fully surrender to Christ, to continue surrendering, because it’s not just a one time thing. Though, what I’ve learned of how to, it’s the greatest feeling. It’s freeing.
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Grace is a student in the Music and Worship Discipleship Training School at YWAM Louisville. She is full of joy and doesn’t let it hide. She has a passion for music and for Jesus to be glorified through that!