SEEK ‘N’ SURRENDER, 08.05.20
Carrying on from yesterday’s topic on seeking the Lord, let us now trace this to a further destination. Since identifying the progression from seeking answers to seeking His Presence, seeking to KNOW Him, to understand, to please, and to delight in Who He is, let us now go to the next step.
The type of motivation that drives that kind of seeking intrinsically leads to the next very important step. Intrinsic to seeking Him with ALL of one’s heart with the desire to KNOW Him, is the state of mind and heart which embraces a posture of SURRENDER.
There is no singular demonstration of such total surrender as that modelled by our Lord and Saviour the Lord
Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach: “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil.2:8); and
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Lk.22:42). Jesus/Yeshua, in His oneness with the Father, sought the Father on everything/anything He spoke or acted upon, as illustrated in the following:
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has toldMe, so I speak.”
An unmatchable and likely impossible model for us all to follow, we do see how closely Paul followed and taught his followers along these lines. Paul called his people to:
1 present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Full-blown surrender embraces the concept of self-sacrifice; it is intrinsically linked with the voluntary and deliberately initiated process of putting self/flesh to death. Believers are directed to “no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor.5:15).
Genuine heart-led seeking WILL precipitate SURRENDER. It should be a natural progression. If your experience does not mirror that, you will need to check your head/heart connection, for any seeking done only from the brain-centre, rational mind-set will not lead to surrender. It is important to understand that it is the heart-led seeking that leads to surrender.
Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established,” tells us that our thoughts, our plans, whatever it is we want, or hope to undertake needs to be surrendered to the Lord. When our works/plans/goals/dreams are surrendered to the Lord, we are then able to receive the very thoughts that are in line with those of the Father, and only then can be established within our own minds, wills, and emotions. When our thoughts are established by Him, we can be assured that our actions will be led in accordance with His will, and this is exactly what Paul intends when he states that we should “live no longer for ourselves, but for Him who died for us and rose again” (2 Cor.5:15). People seem so alarmed at this statement; yet they give lip-service to wanting to “be like Jesus.” Well, that IS how He was: He did not live a moment for His carnal pleasures on this earth; His entire time was dedicated to His mission for humankind.
Jesus/Yeshua instructed us to get rid of whatever would get in the way of following Him. He said “If anyone will follow Me, let him take up his cross and deny himself daily, and follow Me” (Lk.9:23). That is what defines SURRENDER; we are called to surrender whatever offends, whatever would get in the way of others coming to Him. SURRENDER/GIVE UP whatever gets in the way of righteousness. All flesh must be gotten rid of. This is what Jesus/Yeshua is talking about when He says: “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire” (Matt.18:8,9). Whatever it is, by the Sword of the Spirit, we can cut it off. Jesus/Yeshua is a model of total surrender; after all, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil.2:8).
Seeking and Surrendering should be the primary components of a born-again believer’s daily walk. This is the KEY to the Spirit-filled life, the walk that Paul is referring to when he says: “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal.5:24,25). Walking in the Spirit intrinsically involves seek ‘n’ surrender, for it is not possible to walk in the Spirit without abandoning self – self-focus, selfish motives, self-sufficiency, and all self-preoccupation – unless one is willing to give it all over to Him.
And let us remember that upon declaring Him as “Lord of our lives,” we are no longer our own; we give up all our so-called rights, for “do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1Cor.6:19,20).
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