Surrender by Ashley Chakeris

As surfers, the minute we paddle out we surrender to the ocean. While there are times we feel like we are in control out there, in reality there is a surrendering to each wave. Sometimes this yields a long, beautiful ride where time seems to stand still, while other times a definitive conquering happens in the form of a violent reckoning by the wave, a hold down, and maybe a broken board or even body. Thankfully, surrendering to Jesus is different.

Last month was a really long and hard month for me for several reasons. I had the flu, and injured my back which limited my surfing and even time with family and friends.  Just a few days before I was laid out sick and injured we sang a worship song at church where the word “surrender” vividly stuck out to me.  That word, “surrender” became something I kept chewing on, and as the Lord would have it, He gave me some time to “try out” what it means to surrender.  Surrendering means the giving up of all rights to the conqueror.  As the Apostle Paul shares in his letter to the church in Rome, as we lay down our own plans and agenda and choose to follow him we are promised that He is always working for our good (Romans 8:28). Being conquered by Christ leads to ultimate fulfillment and freedom from the bondage we often create by imprisoning ourselves with things like people pleasing and the misconstrued ideology of success.  Surrendering isn’t often thought of as a good thing, but Jesus turns the cultural norm upside down. Surrendering to Jesus in relationship and faith is where freedom is found.

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless.  For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:20-21