by Randy Chambers, 2016-03-26
Hebrews 12:3, NIV: Consider him who endured such opposition from
sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Surrendering to Christ does not mean throwing in the towel. The fight is not
over, but only really beginning. It is the fight to live a holy life, to follow
the path of Christ, to “take up your cross daily and follow” Him. If I surrender
all to Him, I also surrender my giving up. Besides surrendering the part of me
that is prideful, sinful, and selfish; I surrender the part of me that feels
beaten down and unable to continue. It is then that my giving up becomes giving
in. It is then I find that His “grace is sufficient” and His “strength is made
perfect in weakness.” The difference between giving up and giving in is in where
you turn. As I give up the fight, I turn away from Christ and wallow in
self-pity. But when I give in, I turn toward Christ. I am the same weak mass of
confusion. But where I turn determines how soon I will have victory and find the
grace I need to stand again.