"The purpose of surrender" in New Wine

We continue our series on total surrender and today we explore the purpose of surrender.

The reason we must relinquish control of our lives is so that we can not only honour God but also point others to him. That entails bringing us to a position of such weakness that we are malleable and available to God to accomplish his purposes for his glory. That process can be painful and uncomfortable but there is a purpose of weakness which Paul understood all too well. After much pleading over his ‘thorn in the flesh’, Paul heard God’s answer, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So Paul concluded in that same verse, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” As we’ll see shortly, the result of surrender to Christ is that it unleashes the power of Christ in our lives.

Hudson Taylor was a potent instrument in the hands of God. As founder of the China Inland Mission, he had a profound impact on the lives of many millions of people as he trumpeted the call to penetrate the vast unreached areas of that great nation. He once said, “God chose me because I was weak enough. God doesn’t do his great works by large committees. He trains somebody to be quiet enough, and little enough, and then uses him.” Well, Lord, help me to be quiet enough, and little enough, and in that position, by your grace, grant me power for your name’s sake!

If you want to read ahead you can purchase Simon’s book of daily readings — ‘Choose Life 365’.

Simon Guillebaud

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