When we think of surrender we typically think about weakness, loss, or defeat. Jesus said that the only way to truly live is to fully surrender your life to Him. We live in a material world, and it is tempting for students to define themselves by their possessions. It can be tempting sometimes to compromise what you believe to fit in and be popular. We need to ask ourselves if we spend a lot of time worrying about what others think about us, or are we more concerned with what God thinks about us. We will be looking at what the bible says about surrendering our status to God and to look to Him alone for our acceptance.

The goal of surrendering who we are is to become more like Jesus, and when we focus on Jesus we worry less about fitting in and become more concerned with God’s Mission for our lives. This means loving others, just like Jesus did. Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean that our struggle with Sin is over. We all struggle to do what is right and honor God instead of giving into our own selfish and sinful desires. We will look into scripture to find out what happens to our relationship with God when we do sin, and how God makes it possible for us to overcome our sins. All sin is destructive, but God has given us the power to overcome sin through His Holy Spirit.

Are we really in Love with Jesus? Because if we really love Him, we will want to please and obey Him. That love, along with the Holy Spirit in our lives is what helps us have victory over sin. We are wrapping up our surrender series by talking about surrendering ourselves. This opens up a lot of questions about what we are called to surrender. Do I have to surrender all of my hopes and dreams to Him? Does that mean my life will be boring or I will have to suffer? We are looking at what scripture says about living a life that is totally surrendered to God. Sometime what gets in the way of giving our lives totally over to God isn’t something sinful or awful, sometimes we are just too busy. When we give ourselves to what God wants us to do, the impact will last forever.