I don't know why personal surrender does not get much attention in Christian
circles.. Surrender is a necessary first step for transformation and the renewing
of your mind. 'Present your body a living sacrifice' in Romans 12:1 refers
back to the whole burnt offering in Leviticus. It is called a whole burnt
offering because the sacrifice was burned on the alter until nothing was left
but ashes. It was a picture of total and complete surrender to God.
Imagine - after you die - you're laying there dead. just a pile of ashes,
and someone says to the pile of ashes 'Yo! I got good tickets to [some group
you love]'. What do you think you would say? Nothing. You can't respond. That's
what it means 'dead to the world'. That's
what happens when you become the whole burnt offering. After that, the Lord
has the freedom to renew your mind. The Lord will not fill you if you are
full of yourself.
This is a scary step and rational people would call it suicidal. You might say
to yourself 'But I LIKE who I am'. That is your old mind speaking. It likes
being in control. Only God's Love and God's grace can give you the courage to
do this. Your new mind works differently. It is called the mind of Christ because
you share it with Jesus. Your new mind can hear the will of God. It may take
some getting used to. And in reality, this transformation is both a one time
event and a lifetime process. The one time event is that your new mind now controls
your thoughts and actions, but complete transformation may take a lifetime.
If you have never considered yourself as a whole burnt offering, get in the
presence, find the Lord's blessing, and offer yourself completely and forever
to Him. Offer everything you are as a living sacrifice burned to ashes. Keep
this thought on your heart until He confirms with your spirit that He has
accepted your sacrifice.
Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Locate His
presence. Rest in His Love. Stay there. If any thoughts distract you, look
over their shoulder and relocate His presence. Repeat as needed.
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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Philippians 2:4-5 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also
on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct
him? but we have the mind of Christ.