May 14, 2014

The Bridge of Surrender

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

Meekness is not folded hands with a bowed head saying, “Excuse me for living.” That’s an inferiority complex. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is strength under control.  This is the third Beatitude, and it offers us the next step in true restoration. Restoration Step 3:

I consciously choose to commit all my life to Christ’s care and control.

True restoration only comes when we surrender our lives completely to Christ’s control. He’s the only one with the power to make us new! And it will take meekness for that to happen. Control freaks really struggle with this step. God is patient and merciful. He never forces us into submission. He patiently waits until we are ready to surrender. Once we step on that bridge, it’s as if we have an awakening! We realize for the first time that we can’t get control of our lives, but we can get our lives under control when we place them under Christ’s care and control. You’ll never step on the bridge of surrender without a conscious decision. The biblical word for surrender is “yield.” It means to offer or present or to give yourself to another. It implies a choice you intentionally make. In Romans 6:16 the Bible says, Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” To be free of the past or the things that often keep us enslaved, make a conscious choice to yield to God in every area of your life and experience the joy of meekness.