“Surrender” isn’t sacrifice when what you’re surrendering to is better than what you’re giving up. For years I believed that surrender to God was a heavy cross. The world has a way of making wickedness alluring and making God repugnant. Until we learn that God is the best part of who we are and that His ways fill our life with abundance, we’ll never surrender. We don’t choose to live in a desolate desert instead of a lush garden unless we’ve never lived in the garden–right? By His Spirit and His Word, the Creator woos us to the wonders of His way. “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11) When we experience His will–we can’t imagine life without Him. As we become spoiled by living in the joy of His will, the temptations of the world produce an aura of sadness in our soul the very moment they touch us. The ways of the world “wage war against [our] soul.” (1 Peter 2:11) We remember our life in that awful war–and when we know His peace–there’s no question about our choice. If we must actually contemplate whether to surrender to God or surrender to our own will (we can’t do both according to Matthew 6:24); we must ask ourselves if we’ve ever truly experienced surrender to God. If we have REALLY experienced Him, and we’re still consistently choosing our own way, then we’re seriously deluded. We don’t walk away from the best we’ve ever had…unless we’re deceived into believing something better exists. We may choose the beauty, peace and freedom of His grace instead of the ugly, painful and deceptive slavery of our own way. His glorious redemption shouldn’t be wasted living in the evil from which we were redeemed. Surrendering to God places some heaven inside of us to carry us through our journey on earth!