When I was in middle school, I asked God to take over my life.
I was reading story after story of God changing the world through one person who was brave enough to ask for it, and I desperately wanted something bigger to come from my one wild life. For months, I begged God to do something amazing with my life. I kept waiting for something radical to happen to or within me, but I just kept on living my “normal”, everyday life. Why wasn’t God answering my prayers? Didn’t He want me to live a life surrendered to Him?
This is how God taught me a truth that changed my life: a radical life surrendered to God begins with a radical surrendering of every moment of every day.
We all love the idea of surrendering our whole lives to God, don’t we? It seems holy, exciting, and even a little glamorous at times, to have an entire life story of how God is continually and faithfully working for our good and His glory. We imagine missions work and living in a third-world country, relying totally on God for His protection and provision. Or a huge career in civil law or as a writer, watching God just open doors for us, one after the other, leading to massive success as we proclaim the Name of Jesus all around the world.
But we cannot stop there.
Just holding out our great big life as an offering to God isn’t enough. We must also surrender to Him all the tiny, seemingly insignificant moments of our lives too.
Like when our best friend betrays us by feeding lies about us to the Gossip Mill at school. Or when our little brother or sister is following us around all day long, full of questions, and all we want is a little peace and quiet. When our boss passes over us for a raise or a promotion and we cannot believe that other person got it. How will we respond?
We all have choices, every second of every day: to honor God—or to not honor God.
We can choose to hold onto all our rage at our best friend, who wronged us, inside our hearts until it completely cripples us—or to forgive seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22). To give into the temptation of a frustrated outburst at our younger sibling, who just wants to be around us—or to respond in gracious love. To demand that we are better compensated for all our hard work—or to faithfully continue to do our best as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23).
Every single day, we learn more about what it means to truly surrender all of our life to God.
We surrender anger for forgiveness, frustration for patience, and wrongfulness for goodness. We surrender rigidness for gentleness, hatred for love, and “the easy way out” for faithfulness.
What parts of your life—no matter how small—do you need to surrender to God today?