As a follower (aka disciple) of Jesus Christ one surrenders her life to Him. As humans our tendency is to want to be in control not of only ourselves but everything. We foolishly believe that we know it all. Disciples learn to see how little we actually know and how perfect Jesus Christ is.
But here’s the tricky part: surrendering is not just a one time event. It is a daily practice. The world does its best to distract and draw us away from Jesus Christ. Each day is a battle to be surrendered to listen closely to the Holy Spirit, to follow in Christ’s footsteps. One must be resolved to continue to be surrendered.
The theologian Martin Luther taught how one is to remember her baptism daily so as to be reminded of our new life in Christ. Look here at what Jesus says Himself in the Gospel of Luke,
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves and take up their cross daily
and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Think of it this way, you wash yourself each day as you get ready for the day. You don’t brush your teeth once and then you’re good for a lifetime. Rather you brush your teeth 2 or 3 times a day. The yucky plaque goes away, even that one piece of popcorn stuck between your teeth. The next day you do it again.
Walking with Jesus Christ is a daily surrender. While the world tries to distract, you remain resolved to be close to Jesus Christ. Stubbornness is required to ignore the world and listening to the quiet voice of Jesus Christ.
Being resolved is a mindset of determination to remain surrendered to Jesus Christ. Dig one’s heels in and have an outright refusal to the world and a humble yes to Jesus Christ each day.
So the question is, how do you personally remain resolved to be surrendered? Think of how you go about your day and listen to God’s voice above all others. What is your reminder to turn back to Jesus Christ and not drift away?
Remember when you first surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. The joy in anticipation of the new life beginning in Him. Return back to that moment in the difficult times ignoring the world. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the resolve to persevere and continue to surrender.
This Week’s Challenge
Look to develop a discipline/habit to be resolved to daily surrender to Jesus Christ. Have a reminder to help you continuously practice this discipline throughout each day. Watch how you grow closer to Jesus Christ by noting it in your journal.