When my son Josh was just a little guy, he was one of those jump-right-into-it kind of kids. He could not wait to skateboard, learn to ride a bike or play any sport. I remember one time we had him padded up, with a helmet on for rollerblading and he just took off down the slight embankment of the driveway…and smacked right in to a tree. We ran to see if he was ok, because he was just lying there. As soon as we got next to him he jumped up shook it off and said, “Again.” What was interesting, though, was Josh was not so fearless when it came to playing in a pool or swimming. He either wanted me to hold him or make sure his ‘swimmies’ were on (you know those little flotation cuffs you inflate and slide up their arm). He was a bit insecure in his ability to swim and uncertain of the water. That fear and insecurity initially held him back from learning to swim, for it meant he had to surrender his fears and trust in us teaching him how to swim and respect the water. Once he did that he had the time of his life enjoying the water. He went on to be quite a fast swimmer and played water polo in high school and is a good surfer…all because he was willing to surrender and trust in those who were to there to help.
See, surrender is not a bad thing. Surrender opens us up to a whole new world of possibilities and the life we were created to live.
1 Peter 5:6-7 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
God’s love for us is amazing. He really cares about us.
Romans 8:37-39 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
To enjoy the blessing and benefits of His love is to surrender our fears and insecurities and jump into the pool of His love and way of life, letting His great love for us motivate, compel, us.
The other day my ten month old grandson, Moses was over and my wife, his Mormor (that’s Swedish for mother’s mother) was holding him. I came up and said hi and Moses took his pacifier out handed it to his Mormor and reach out to me. I scooped him and he wrapped his little arms around my neck, put his head next to mine and gave a little squeeze. At that moment an intense emotional flood of compelling love burst in me and as I wrapped my arms around him, resolve formed in my heart and mind – that here was nothing I would not do for this boy! I was/am compelled by love.
2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died.
That word compels means so taken by, so absorbed with, so seized by, so occupied with, so gripped with Jesus’ love we would do anything for Him. He was willing to go to the cross and die for our sin, so all our sin would die with Him (see Romans 6:3-8). How great is that love!?! Let that love motivate you to know Him more, but also do the things He has asked us to do like loving God and neighbors (Matthew 22:35-40), serving each other (John 13:34-35), helping the hurting (Luke 10:30-37), blessing the city where you live (Jeremiah 29:7). The Bible is full of all kinds of ministry opportunities, ways to give to the Lord from a surrendered life.
What about you? What’s holding you back from learning to swim in God’s way of life? It might be just what will bring about that fulfillment you have been craving, that whole new world of opportunities. I know it has for me.
If you are curious about any of this I would like to invite you to visit us at any of our Church campuses as we are going through a new teaching series called “Surrender: An unexpected journey to thriving as a follower of Christ.” You can check out our website for more details, www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to have join us or listen in online.
Seeking that adventure in surrender with you,