God…SURRENDERED to US!
What an incredible thought, but totally TRUE reality!
When we think or consider SURRENDERING, we most often think of OUR need to finally and wholly surrender ourselves to God! To final give in. To finally die to our own will, and accept God’s. To finally die to a certain sin or two, and determine to live HOLY and CONSECRATED to God!
But when we think of surrendering, do we consider that God has totally surrendered to us, already?
He has surrendered Himself to us.
For God SO loved the world, He surrendered His one and only Son…the Father, displaying His LOVE, His mercy, His tolerance, His longsuffering with man, surrenders His imposition of righteous justice, and offers the one thing that can bring reconciliation between man and God!
Jesus SO loved us, like the true love a friend expressed, He willingly surrendered His life…how He lived it, how He suffered, how He died…that we might cross over from death to life, because of Him! He then ascended back to the Father, but not leaving us as orphans, not leaving us alone!
The Spirit was poured out upon us, not in part, but in whole! We are baptized, immersed, into the life of the Spirit of the Living God, so that we can have ALL that we need for LIFE and GODLINESS! He is the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of Truth, our Advocate, our Counselor! HE is the one who continually desires to teach us truth, to reveal the Father, to reveal the Son to us, and to remind us of everything Jesus has said! He is the author of the Word, and the one who desires to enable us to grow in our knowledge of the Word, and the God of the Word!
When we surrender ourselves to God, we surrender ourselves to a God who has surrendered Himself, the entire Godhead, to us! When we surrender certain things TO God, we must also surrender ourselves INTO the things He has provided…into abiding in Christ, into the richness of His love, mercy, and grace, into the fullness of His Spirit. It is BY and THROUGH these things that I find I AM different, my life IS hidden away in Christ, and I survive and thrive in a totally new realm…
Colossians 3:1-3 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Yes, THEN I find my life hidden with Christ in God!
And HE is pleased, and HE is delighted!