As I was thinking on what to write this time around I was thinking of true surrender. What is that really?
Some will say totally giving God your life. And yes, that is true. We are to die to ourselves and give Him our lives to whatever He has for us. As I sit and think about it I am like, I have done that. I have told God whatever He has for me or basically my husband because I am called to him, I am willing to do. So I was a youth pastor’s wife for 8 years, pastor’s wife for 6 years, missionary’s wife for 8 years and now pastor’s wife again going on 3 years. So yeah, I think I got that part covered in being totally surrendered to what He has for my life.
I believe that TRUE surrender is dying to ourselves with our feelings and emotions. This is one that is truly hard for me. And it isn’t only in ministry do I find it hard to do, it is also hard in marriage. To lay down on that cross and surrender.
I think the word that can be used for that is meekness. What is meekness you ask? It is humility toward God and toward others. It is having the right or the power to do something but refraining for the benefit of someone else. Meekness is power under control.
Think of this illustration for meekness: Meekness describes a wild stallion who was tamed and taught to be ridden. That stallion has all the strength it had when it was wild but now it is strength under control. It is strength bottled up for the master’s use.
Andrew Murray is quoted, “The humble man feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten because….he has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and who sought not His own honor. Therefore, in putting on the Lord Jesus Christ he has put on the heart of compassion, kindness, meekness, longsuffering, and humility.”
“Humility is something we should constantly pray for, yet never thank God we have,” quoted by M.R. DeHaan
Look at these verse and what they teach us about meekness:
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
~1 Corinthians 4:21
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
~2 Corinthians 10:1
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~Galatians 5:23
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; ~Colossians 3:12
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. ~1 Timothy 6:11
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; ~2 Timothy 25
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. ~Titus 3:2
Basically these verses are saying what?? To me, in all manner, be Christlike. If someone has fallen into sin, instead of harping on her about it, restore her, build her up don’t keep tearing her down. You never know you might fall and wouldn’t you want someone to help restore you instead of tearing you down? Forbear one another, in other words, put up with each other no matter HOW bad they get on your nerves. Don’t speak evil about each other. Speak of each other in love. Instruct those in love and truth that do not know our Lord and Saviour. Through your meekness they will see Him.
Of course we know that Christ was the SUPREME example of meekness. We know that while He was being beaten, spat upon and nailed to a cross all He had to do was speak one word. The One that created universe had all His power under control.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ~Philippians 2:6-8
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. ~1 Peter 2:21-25
Learn from Christ’s example.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ~Matthew 11:29
Some mistake meekness for weakness, and that is not the case. Some of the meekest men or women I know are the strongest ones, they just know how to control their strength.
Let us have true surrender. Meekness to me is true surrender of all that I know I can do, but choose not to. Live more like Him.