These two concepts seem like oxymorons. Self-sufficient is defined by Merriam-Webster as “able to maintain oneself or itself without outside aid : capable of providing for one’s own needs”. Basically, taking up complete control of your life. But surrender means to lay down that control to another.
Living a life surrendered to God means that He has final say in what I do, where I go. It is an act of living sacrifice, an act of worship. But what if what I am surrendering doesn’t belong to me. What if I surrendered it to something else a long time ago?
As a member of the current society in America, it seems complete control is given by each person to something else. We accrue mountains of debt to acquire stuff. As Proverbs 22:7 NIV states, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” Last time I checked, slaves don’t get to decide whom they’re a slave to. We have all gotten to this point where we are a slave to an employer doing work we hate, to pay for things – some things like food and housing we need, but have forgotten how to do ourselves: other things – like a new purse – are extraneous. They are extras. How can we go when He asks if we are enslaved to debt? How can we spend the time God asks when we have committed all our time to jobs/shopping/fill-in-the-blank?
This is challenging and it’s not easy. Do we go completely off-grid? How do you start? Start taking back control from society so that we can give it all to God?
Selah – Pause and Ponder
Luke 14: 31-33 NIV – Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.