True Surrender
June 29, 2017

Matthew 16:24-25

“24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”


Life is a summary of moments and memories in which we lose one of the most precious resources; time. With time passing by we are able to perceive God in each event in our lives. We are the most precious of His creations and He designed us in His image longing for us to chose our identity within His.


His ways are higher and His thoughts are wilder and in Him we find our foundation. This means that our identity does not come from within.


Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”


Humanity is consumed by the search of identity, but identity is not found through pattern, culture, socio-economic class, or gender. Identity is found through surrender.


To surrender means to relinquish control to another, to submit to the authority of someone else.


Philippians 2:5-8 says,

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

6 Though he was God,[a]

he did not think of equality with God

as something to cling to.

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];

he took the humble position of a slave[c]

and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,[d]

he humbled himself in obedience to God

and died a criminal’s death on a cross.


In this passage we see that even Jesus humbled himself in order to find identity.


Because we find our identity in Him, we must draw near to Him. This means that we need to make time to listen to God’s voice. When we are in tune with God’s voice we allow Him to shape your identity. The moment that we stop pursuing God, we lose our identity to the things that are consuming our lives.


When we finally arrive at a point of identity, God reveals our destiny.


Each of us have a unique purpose, and no call is greater than the other. We all have a different function, but equal value.


God has called each and every one of us to surrender. We were not created to carry the burden of life by ourselves.


God is calling us to surrender our lives and find our identity within Him; with this, we allow God to reveal the destiny He has marked for our lives.

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