I was sitting in a meeting earlier this summer and the person who was talking said these words…
“Selective surrender isn’t surrender at all.”
How true. How hauntingly true.
I think that we all can take some of the blame for being guilty of doing the same. We come to God in our church services or our prayer times and we convincingly say, “God, we’ll do anything you want us to” but we unknowingly (and sometimes we must admit, knowingly) throw in the fine print “… as long as we are in control.” We wave the ‘white flag’ to God but the truth is that it really isn’t ‘that’ white. We surrender our lives to God but we’re always keeping an eye on the back door to boot out of there!
The prophet Samuel was talking one day to Israel’s first king, Saul, about Saul’s intention to serve God ‘his own’ way… “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1Sam 15:22 NIV)”
I think that God sees through our feeble attempts to ‘really surrender’. We give it up… we take it back. We give it up… we take it back. Truthfully, it’s a life-long struggle to give up our desires to seek the desires of God.
But His love endures… forever. He is patient with us… because He knows what He will get when we ‘finally’ surrender… US.
And that’s been the plan from the beginning. Creation. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Jesus’ promise to return again… for US.
Does God read the fine print? Yep. He just can’t wait until we finally strike it from the deal!
At least that’s how I see it,