“Total Surrender”

“Total Surrender”



     Our Lord replies to this statement

of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s”

(10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get

out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may

result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be

delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin

and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender

resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of

Christianity. Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at

all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from

Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I

want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I

want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done

for me.’” Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to

God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender.

Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ



     Where does Jesus Christ

figure in when we have a concern about our natural relationships? Most of us

will desert Him with this excuse—“Yes, Lord, I heard you call me, but my family

needs me and I have my own interests. I just can’t go any further” (see Luke

9:57–62). “Then,” Jesus says, “you ‘cannot be My disciple’” (see Luke



     True surrender will always go

beyond natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to

embrace all those around us and will meet their needs, which were created by

our surrender. Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most

of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly

experienced it.

O Lord, cause my intellect to glow with Your Holy Spirit’s teaching.



Discuss ways we can totally surrender to God without

wanting anything for ourselves