Sunday, March 27, 2011

In A Word: Surrender

Today wrapped up a great two day purity retreat with middle school and high school girls. One of our last individual sessions included a time to sit and write a love letter to God surrendering to Him things that we've let take over our life. Afterward, we wrote those things down on an enlarged price tag. The price tag had the following written on it: For SALE. Everything costs something. One thing costs everything. We placed the price tags in a basket symbolizing a place at the foot of the cross of Christ. This simple act reminded us that once we've given these issues over to God they are no longer in our hands. We've confessed them and surrendered them to Him and we're not to take them back.

We completed a similar exercise in surrender the previous day as well. During this exercise we were asked to take a piece of paper and draw pictures/designs symbolizing areas in our life that we are struggling with. We then cut the picture out in the shape of a cross. This was a reminder that Christ bore each of these pains, struggles and hardships on the cross. He took on our burdens and has lightened our load. When we confess and repent, He throws it out and washes us clean. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18). Psalm 103:12 goes on to say that "as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." What a weight lifted once all is surrendered!

Our final thoughts for the weekend were along these lines and continued with the reality that surrendering is not something that is a one time deal. The things surrendered are gone and removed from our hands, but that doesn't mean the temptation to allow those things to return is not there. We must continually give temptations, struggles, etc. over to Christ daily in order to remain pure and free. True surrender is learning to let go and let God. It's the understanding that Christ is now in control of what was surrendered and it is through His power alone that we are forgiven and blessed to move forward in His perfect love.

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