This has been a good week, and it makes sense because it is "Holy Week" when we remember the suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Every day is His day, but the days of this week brought a march to the cross of Surrender that reminds us of who saved us and how he did.
If you put all the events into one word, I would use this word - Surrender. He had to surrender to the authorities, to the pain, to the de-humanizing death on that cross, and temporarily to death itself before he could rise again to his destiny. Likewise, we must understand this in order to be transformed from worldly thinkers to Godly thinkers. Our surrender cannot be framed in the methods of just a simple prayer and Baptism; it has to be surrender to a complete lifestyle change, not one with one foot in and one foot out.
The cross to me represents complete humiliation and unconditional surrender, so that the work of God could be completed. Not pretty, not warm and fuzzy, it is a painful process to have one human being undertake a total makeover to realize that transformation. He did it for us, and asks us to do it for him.
This week, ten men and women vowed to surrender to Christ, at least several in tears about their failures. Both Darryl and Barry spoke this week on going through the process of suffering to be changed and how we can come to believe in a God who really, truly loves us enough to send his own son to the cross. That motivation comes at a time when many of us have hit rock bottom and are looking for a way back home.
That way, that way of Surrender, was not only given us by example, it is the only way a relationship with Christ can truly work. Lay down our sins, our toys, and our minds at the foot of the cross, then bury them, and let the power of almighty God lift us back up to be the incredible people he intended us to be. That is the destiny he destined for each one of us!
That's why he Surrendered!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.