We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.
~ Romans 6:1-7, ESV ~
The moment we came to the reality that Jesus Christ has the power and authority to set us free from our destructive behavior is the moment we were set free. Through Christ, we confront our own powerlessness. We confess how our lives had become unmanageable. We feared giving up alcohol, toxic relationships, and other obsessions. Through our surrender to God’s divine will, we discovered a new way of living.
Problems we face today become spiritual issues and lessons for us. It presents us an opportunity to become honest with God, with ourselves, and with others. While we may be frustrated and concerned over our own limitations, we have the capability to surrender over to God. The only risk involved is trusting in Him and stepping out in faith, through obedience, that He will guide and nurture us. Our risk is to surrender to God’s will every day.
If we do not take this risk, we are left in our natural state. We are unable, or unwilling, to perceive spiritual realities (see, 1 Corinthians 2:14). Pride separates us from our relationship with God because it keeps us locked in our own desires and will. Thus, we become preoccupied with our illusion of control over our lives. We become driven and unyielding to maintain our false sense of self.
However, when we surrender to Christ, the Holy Spirit inspires virtue, charity, gentleness, kindness, virtue. The Spirit enlarges us and purifies all. We are comforted and experience peace of mind. All because we humbled ourselves, and became submissive to God’s divine sovereign will and grace. Surrender is submitting ourselves to the authority of God where we are filled with patience, love, and meekness.
Let us put off our old self and accept the new life that is before us.