13 After Surrender – What?
“I have finished the work
which Thou gavest Me to do.” John 17:4
Surrender is not the surrender of the external
life, but of the will; when that is done, all is done. There are very few
crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the will. God never
crushes a man's will into surrender, He never beseeches him, He waits until the
man yields up his will to Him. That battle never needs to be re-fought.
Surrender for Deliverance. “Come unto Me and I will
give you rest.” It is after we have begun to experience what salvation means
that we surrender our wills to Jesus for rest. Whatever is perplexing heart or
mind is a call to the will –“Come unto Me.” It is a voluntary coming.
Surrender for Devotion. “If any man will come after
Me, let him deny himself.” The surrender here is of my self to Jesus, my self
with His rest at the heart of it. “If you would be My disciple, give up your
right to yourself to Me.” Then the remainder of the life is nothing but the
manifestation of this surrender. When once the surrender has taken place we
never need “suppose” anything. We do not need to care what our circumstances
are, Jesus is amply sufficient.
Surrender for Death. John 21:18-19. “. . . another
shall gird thee.” Have you learned what it means to be bound for death? Beware
of a surrender which you make to God in an ecstasy; you are apt to take it back
again. It is a question of being united with Jesus in His death until nothing
ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.
After surrender – what? The whole of the life after
surrender is an aspiration for unbroken communion with God.