Surrender is a word that is almost always associated with negative connotations like “you’re a loser”; “you don’t have what it takes”; or “you’re just not good enough.” It is synonymous with failure, falling short of a desired outcome, or the dreaded expression, “I Quit!” So, is there ever a time when waiving the “white flag” of surrender is less than shameful?

Are there occasions when it can actually be an indication of spiritual courage and resolve, or an expression of godly character and maturity? Yes, whenever we surrender ourselves or our circumstances to God! Our culture has conditioned us to pursue independence and self-determination as virtues. But when these qualities are substituted for God’s presence, guidance, and steady hand in our lives they can actually cultivate many vices.

When surrender is born out of desperation for God it is cause for delight. The Apostle Paul models this for us. In the midst of his desperation Jesus reminded him that “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Listen to Paul’s declaration of dependence upon the Lord and his accompanying delight, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Perhaps today the Spirit is stirring your heart. What is it that you are being prompted to surrender to God? By letting go you are not only acknowledging your desperation and dependence but stepping into the sufficiency of Christ. It is in this glorious surrender that you exchange your weakness for his strength. So go ahead and waive your spiritual white flag. Surrender all to Him and let your desperation give way to delight!

Pastor Todd Michero