The world always told me to strive, and I listened. I studied hard through years of education and I worked diligently all my life. Even The Church encouraged me to strive: in Bible reading, prayer, and service. These are all good things, yet striving in itself never ends well.
Jesus offers a different way: surrender instead of strive. In myself, I know no other way than to work harder. However, Jesus offers me life fully in Him. I used to think that surrender to God meant giving up, implying even a laziness; but the opposite is true. A life of surrender to Jesus is a life fully equipped by Him. This is not a passive life; this is an empowered life.
In the hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Martin Luther wrote:
"Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing..."
Oh, that I might not waste myself striving in my own strength but rather surrender to Jesus who wants to work in and through me. Join me this week in sweet surrender.