Wednesday, January 16
No White Flag
The concept of surrender sounds weak. It sounds like what you do when you just can’t do anymore and you throw your hands up in the air. It’s the white flag when it appears that a battle can’t be won. We definitely don’t think of “surrender” as a positive word. But just like most things with Jesus, it’s just the opposite in His kingdom. Let’s consider today’s Scripture from Acts 13. Starting in verse 2 it reads:
“As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.”
The very act of worshiping and fasting is an act of surrender. When we worship, we are telling Jesus that He is more than anything else we have going on. When we fast, we are physically denying that we trust or look to food to sustain us. We place ourselves in a position of surrender when we do these things. And the best place to hear from the Holy Spirit is from a place of surrender. If you keep reading in Acts 13, you see that Saul and Barnabas journey out to many places under the direction of the Holy Spirit and people hear about Jesus for the first time. That’s what surrender does— it puts you in the perfect spot to hear direction and follow the calling God has placed on your life. I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly where I want to be.
God, show us how to surrender to You. Help us find space in our day to worship You for who You are. Show us what you would have us fast from in order to demonstrate our complete reliance on You. We trust that when we surrender, Holy Spirit, You will give direction and we will hear You clearly. In the Name of Jesus, amen.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.