The Logic of Full Surrender

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 75

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

–Romans 8:7 (ESV)

Why would you want things to be different than God has ordained them to be? Can his wisdom and goodness make a mistake? If they are pleased with something, is that not enough to convince you of its excellence? Do you think you will find peace by going to battle against the Almighty? Is it not this battle that lies behind of all our frustration? Do we not start this fight again and again, almost without realizing what we are doing?

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Hostility against God is automatic for the carnal mind. If you are not led by the Spirit of God, you are hostile to him. It seems insane that anyone would try to go to battle against God Almighty. We do not realize, however, that we are doing it. This is the danger: to fight God when you do not realize that you are fighting God. The struggle becomes a kind of background noise, no longer noticed for what it is.

Waking up to the reality of this ongoing battle is itself a profound and life-changing revelation. Giving up the fight is the natural next step. This is what the New Testament describes as repentance and reconciliation with God. Abandonment is simply taking this step to its logical conclusion. If it is good to stop resisting God, why do so in half-measures? If we can resist God without being aware of it, why leave anything up to chance? Why not offer immediate and unconditional surrender?

Of course, seeing the logic of abandonment is not the same as achieving the real thing. But once you see it, you do not forget. And the clearer you see it, the harder it becomes to get used to the background noise.

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