Admit it. Surrender is not on your weekly to-do list, included in your monthly goals, or even on your bucket list of what you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime.
You’d much rather strive for success. And if you’re like most people – believers and nonbelievers – you define success as a fulfilling and prosperous career, satisfying relationships, and a happy and productive life.
Yet, God defines success a lot differently than we do. He isn’t concerned with the amount of money you make, the position you hold in your company (or church), or how many accomplishments you’ve racked up during your lifetime. He doesn’t even care about the number of people who attend your church (that’s for the pastors reading this) or your “charitable work” or how good and kind of a person you are. God cares about who is in the driver’s seat of your life—and that is determined by your level of surrender.
In Psalm 1, we are told that the person who delights in the Law of God and meditates on it day and night will prosper in whatever he does. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we read that “the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His….” To have a heart that is completely His is to surrender and do things His way, right down to what we strive for and how we live day-to-day.
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