One Word 2013 - Surrender

The word for 2013 is surrender.

Last year the Lord told me to “prepare.”  This year He said to me, ”surrender.”

Every year the Lord gives me a word that gives me direction and inspiration for the coming year. Surrender, He says for 2013.

I have just finished teaching the book of Revelation. In fact, in December 2012, I finished teaching through the entire Bible with our church—and it only took 20 years!  

As we came to the end of this great journey, we experienced the book of Revelation in all its prophetic glory. We witnessed the triumph of the infant born in a manger who grew up to be the conquering King, who overcame evil, who defied death, who will rule all of creation for all time and eternity.

How moved we were to read at the end of that dramatic and spectacular account of God’s final victory over evil,

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” (Revelation 22:21).

In the end, this King, this Creator of all the universe, this sovereign God who loves us, offers grace. 

He conquered, yet He humbled Himself to become one of us. He died to justify us. He cares for our daily needs, and He prepares an eternal home, waiting for us in His Kingdom.

How can we not surrender to such power and love?

The Bible seldom uses the word surrender.

It is never used in the King James Version. The New King James uses it a few times, always in reference to surrendering to a king or conquering power.

But the concept runs throughout the Word. From Abraham to Noah, David, Mary, and others, their stories portray a moment of revelation and surrender to God’s will. But all merely foreshadow the surrender of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Weeping, sweating drops of blood, wrestling with what He knew was coming, He gave Himself wholly, proclaiming,

“Nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.”     Surrender is defined as “giving up, giving in, yielding.”
  • We are giving up our selfishness, our egos, our willful defiance.

  • We are giving in to mercy, hope, forgiveness, service, love.

  • We are surrendering to a Kingdom and a loving King. A

  • And we are giving ourselves to the God who loves us, allowing Him to fulfill His promises of comfort in the midst of heartache, abundant life, joy, love and hope for the future.
“Present your bodies as a living sacrifice,” urged the apostle (Romans 12:1).

To surrender is to give your whole self. To declare with Jesus, “Not my will, but Yours.”  The only gift God desires.