I heard a message last week about Christian commitment vs surrender. I wish I could remember who spoke on it but I was at a meeting with several speakers and I can’t remember which speaker said it. Basically the speaker said one huge problem with the western church is we have become committed to the church not surrendered to Jesus. I have been thinking about that all week and in my heart I know this is true. Let’s compare the definitions of these two words from dictionary.com.
[kuh-mit-muhnt] Show IPA
the act of committing.
the state of being committed.
the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
[suh-ren-der] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
to yield (something) to the possession or power of another;deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: tosurrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods tothe police.
to give (oneself) up, as to the police.
to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion,etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor ofanother.
verb (used without object)
to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
This was truly an “aha” moment for me. I have been frustrated with “church” now for a couple of years and truly seeking God on what is missing, mostly from my own heart. This is it for me at least. I have been committed to God but I don’t think I’ve been surrendered. Big difference! I think this old hymn sums it up perfectly! This article I found here is very good. http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Music/hymns-the-songs-and-the-stories/i-surrender-all-the-song-and-the-story.html