Many of us tend to compartmentalize our lives into different digestible areas to handle life’s difficulties. We take on our own burdens and fight our own battles, hoping we’ll prevail again as we might’ve done in the past. Human nature seems to push us to take on new challenges without much thought. And even when we do ask for help, it’s only in select areas of our lives, while we often withhold vital information about ourselves from others.
Sometimes we’re so slow to realize that God is encouraging us to give it all to Him. That He can take on any obstacle. That there’s no problem we’ll ever face that is bigger or stronger than Him. That He wants all of our problems and all of our lives, not just a few pieces or portions. He knows that when we rely only on ourselves, so often the outcome will be utter failure. But the good news is that every time we do fail, He reaches out and says, “I’ll never fail. I can take care of it. You just have to give it all to me.”
As Christ-followers, He calls us to give up everything and follow Him. That’s true reliance and total surrender to Jesus in all aspects of our lives. We can’t just give Him the spiritual parts of our lives. He wants it all – every dimension of our personal lives – ALL of us! That’s because He’s the only one who can fix, heal, mend, and make everything better. But first we need to allow Him full access, especially in those areas where we’re tempted to hold on to control.
I’ve learned that it’s hard to have two drivers in the driver’s seat. If they’re trying to go in two different directions, you’ll always end up crashing! But if you give up your seat and allow Him to steer, you’ll find yourself reaching a destination filled with joy, grace, mercy and ultimately, eternity with Him.
Here’s some steps that can help us surrender and allow God to be God in our lives: