What exactly does it mean to live a surrendered life?
The surrendered life is the act of giving your will back to God.
It’s relinquishing control, rights, power, direction, all the things you do and say.
It’s totally resigning your life over to His hands, to do with as He pleases.
Jesus lived a surrendered life; He is our example.
John 6:38 I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.
John 8:28b-29 ...I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The one who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.
Jesus’ full surrender to the Father is an example of how we should live. I can almost hear you thinking as you read this “Jesus was God in the flesh, easy for Him; His life was surrendered before he even came to earth". Not so, the life of surrender is not imposed on anyone, including Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth, he was fully man and had the same temptations as we do, he had to make daily choices just like we do.
John 10: 17-18 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life, only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
In the above verses Jesus is telling us, I’m choosing to surrender my will back to God.
Our heavenly Father has given us this same privilege; we can choose to live a surrendered life or not.
No one is forced to yield his life to God. We have the privilege of free choice.
So in order for us to have faith that moves mountains, we have to walk in forgiveness and obedience.
Once when I was preparing to talk on the subject of surrender, the Lord gave me a picture in my mind of what a surrendered life looked like. It was a picture of floating on top of the water totally trusting that God has you covered. The question I had to ask myself was, "how surrendered am I" have I just got my toes in the water, am I ankle deep, knee deep, thigh deep, up to my chest, my neck?" to have faith that moves mountains I have to float.