What does it mean to surrender our will to God?

Surrender is not something that is easy. It is not hard to say that we are willing to surrender when it doesn’t cost us anything, but true surrender can be painful. True surrender is not subject to our rationale, nor is it true surrender unless it is complete and exhaustive. It means saying to God not only “Your will be done” but also “not my will”.



God asks us to surrender because He always has life in mind. He is like a gardener, pruning the old branches off a His trees in order to make it easier for new, healthy branches to grow. God helps us by removing things from our lives that stop us growing and thriving, and sometimes that surrender can feel like a difficult thing to do.


What would you do if God asked you to give up something that you really love? What if it was your greatest talent or passion, or something that defines you as a person? John Wimber, the Founder of the Vineyard Movement was asked by God to do just that. He had a successful secular music career before he met the Lord, but then gave it up ready to be obedient to God’s call on his life to begin the Vineyard Church Movement.


In Genesis, we follow the life of Abraham and his long-promised son, Isaac. God had promised Abraham and his wife Sarah that they would have children, and Isaac had been born, and was now a young boy. At this point, God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac by killing him as a sacrifice on the altar to God. This would have gone against everything in Abraham’s nature, in his heart and mind, to kill his own son. However, Abraham trusted God, and knew he had delivered on His promise before – so he willingly went to sacrifice Isaac. Of course, God stopped him, and blessed his obedience, providing a lamb in Isaac’s place.


We can surrender our will to God because we know that He has a great plan for us. We can surrender when we realised that God, who knows all things, knows what is best for us, more than we know ourselves. We can then trust Him when He asks us to surrender something in our lives because “…He is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4)


Jesus himself set an example by surrendering to God in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was obedient to God’s will for him to die on a cross for each of us, praying “Not my will, but Yours be done”.

We can follow Jesus’ example today and surrender our own will to God. Together we can say the same: “Not my will, but Yours be done”.

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Author: Daniel Kolenda