Sunday, January 27, 2019
Daily Devotion: A Tip About Surrender
Bible Reading: Matthew 11:20-30
Key Verse: Verse 28 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Key Words: Come unto me
Have you ever considered that Jesus is saying to those who are laden with heavy burdens, “Give up on yourselves. Surrender yourselves to me and I will give you rest”?
Surrender is hard for us. I understand that in many cases, surrender is not an option; but when it comes to our will or God’s will, we need to surrender. When the burdens we carry are too heavy, the road of life is too difficult, we need to surrender, not quit! Surrender is our way to God’s way.
Bruce Larson writes:
“For many years I worked in New York City and counseled at my office any number of people who were wrestling with this yes-or-no decision. Often I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue. In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden. ‘Now that’s one way to live,’ I would point out to my companion, ‘trying to carry the world on your shoulders. But now come across the street with me.’
“On the other side of Fifth Avenue is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand. My point was illustrated graphically.
“‘We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, ‘I give up, Lord; here’s my life. I give you my world, the whole world.’”
What to do:
✞ Surrendering to God is never a bad thing. It’s a peaceful thing.
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