He died for us so that all who live, having received eternal life from him, might live no longer for themselves, to please themselves, but to spend their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again for them. So as we surrender our lives to the one who loves us and who as a result of His love for us, gave up His life, we will have to give up our claims and rights to ourselves.
Jesus is not telling us to surrender to His love and perfect will because He does not know how that will feel or how hard it may be.
He experienced a “battle of wills” but nonetheless, He choose God’s love in purpose.
Jesus cried out, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet, not as I will, but as you will.
In John 6:38, He said, for I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but to do the will of Him who sent me.
In John 4:34, Jesus said to them, my food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.
The one who knew no sin took on sin that we might be made righteous by the blood of the lamb.
He died for us in love, he predestined us to fulfil “HIS own” purpose here on earth and not ours.
Imagine these scenes
A Master goes to the market to buy clay to make a table. The Master is skilled and knowledgeable in all works and well respected. The Master is making this table because before He started to create this table, He knew the very purpose it was going to achieve and it was all part of His Master plan.
The Table however, begins to speak to the Master when it realises what the Master is making out of it.
I do not think you should make a table out of me Master, I have a better plan, I will be more useful as a chair instead and so, should you not make me a chair?
The Clay’s Will The Master’s Will
You go out to buy a car for the sole purpose of taking yourself from point A to point B every day as you please. You knew that before you went out to buy the car so you bought a car that will be suitable to achieve that very purpose for you.
You get home with the car and it works fine for the first day perhaps but by the second day, the car says to you, I know you bought me to take you from Point A to point B however, I will rather just drive you to the neighbour’s house only every day.
You want to go out again the following day and you get the same response from your car. In other words, this car that you have bought with a particular purpose in mind is no longer willing to fulfil that purpose.
If you find yourself in this situation, what will you do? Will you still keep the car in your drive way when it is not doing what it was bought to do or will you look for the next available buyer to take it over? Food for thought.
Car’s preferred travel distance Owner’s preferred travel distance
Will you continue to fight His will or surrender to the one who gave His life for you in love that you may live for His own purpose?
A final note on surrendering
We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. (Oswald Chambers)
1 John 4:10 – In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins.
John 12:27 – Now my soul is deeply troubled. Shall I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’? But that is the very reason why I came!