Galatian 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
It is imperative to understand that Christians must surrender to service and sanctification (Growing in Christ-likeness) the very same way they were saved. That is by the grace of God through faith. Salvation is the work of God, and sanctification must be the work of God in and through us.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
What does it mean to surrender? It is to present yourself a living sacrifice that is acceptable to God. It is to give God first place in your life and to be willing to surrender every area and aspect of your life.
Surrendering to God must be a conscious decision in prayer to God. It is a daily denial of self and a desire to live for Christ. “I am crucified with Christ…”
Notice the result of a surrendered life in Christ.
1. Transformed Life that pleases God.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Vs 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye mayprove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The only way a Christian is able to transform his life and not conform to the ways of the world is to first surrender to God. If a person is not willing to surrender all to Jesus, then it will be difficult for him to renew his mind – to think like God in order to be like God and to know what pleases God. A surrendered heart to God must first take place.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
2. Triumph Christian living
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Vs 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
In order for a Christian to resist the devil and his enticing temptations, and to get the victory from life dominating sins, he must first surrender and submit to God.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
3. Tremendous grace-filled life
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; vs 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”
2 Corinthians 8:5 “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
Living life by God’s grace means to live in the realm of the impossible. It is to experience the ability and power of God in you to do things you would never be able to do in your own strength; to do things that you would never imagine doing; and to see things happen that would blow you away. In order to have God’s amazing grace not only to save us, but to work in us, we have to be humble and surrendered to God first.