In life we can find ourselves fighting for self. We throw tantrums, intimidate others, control people and do everything in power to try to get our way. We can do this with our family, friends and co-workers, even with people we do not know who we disagree with by condemning their behavior. The reality is the more we fight for self, the more our lives became small, limited and lifeless.
The way to expansive life is the way of surrender. God did not create us to be small and petty. He made us to flourish and thrive, overcome and expand. As we release control, we find freedom, peace, joy, contentment and fulfillment that begins on the inside and finds its way to the outside.
God so loved the world when He surrendered His son Jesus by sending Him to earth, not to condemn us but to save us. Jesus came to earth and embraced us, healed us and set us free. He died on the cross at Calvary so we could be the righteousness of God in Christ by faith.
Now through Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we can rest in the unforced rhythms of grace. We can release our works, our striving, our worry, our need for control and domination, and trust in the infinite God of the Universe who is with us, for us and on our side. He will never leave us nor forsake us and nothing can separate us from His love.
The beautiful part of surrender is that when we release self, we find ourselves. We find ourselves at rest in the arms of the one who loves us radically, relentlessly, passionately and unconditionally. We emerge confident from our prayer times with His light and easy yoke, knowing who we truly are, a beloved child of God. We will find in time that we desire less and less for the world to serve us, and more and more we will desire to serve others, so that they too might experience this great love of God.
Matthew 7:13-14 - (The Voice) - “There are two paths before you; you may take only one path. One doorway is narrow and one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it; but the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death. Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it.”