Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me, to live, is Christ, and to die is gain.” When we surrender, we die to ourselves and live for Jesus. To live is Christ. There is gain in leaving this earth as a Christian. We know that we will forever enjoy the wonder and splendor of heaven and being with Jesus throughout all eternity. There is great gain in the death of a believer. However, while we are living on this earth we are also dead. We are dead to ourselves. We are crucified with Christ. Our life is all about Him. It has been said that God will use us only as far as we are willing to surrender. The more we give up, the more God uses us for His glory. We know the benefits of physical death as a believer. But, what are the benefits of living for Jesus. What do we gain for living a life of surrender?
The first thing we gain is joy. John 15:9-11 says, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.” Our joy is full when we keep His commandments. When we surrender and live for Jesus, we will experience a joy that is beyond description. It is a joy that this world can never understand. It is a joy that enables us to smile even when the world around us falls apart. It is a joy that carries us through the darkest times of our life. It is an ‘unspeakable’ joy!
A second thing we gain from living a life of surrender is provision. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The supplying of our needs come as a result of our surrender. The more we surrender, the more He provides. We are to live a life that is laying up treasures in heaven. We are to live with the understanding that all we have belongs to Jesus. God’s provision is contingent upon the amount of treasures you have invested in heaven. The more you give of yourself, the more needs He supplies. This does not mean God will make you rich. This does not mean that you get everything you want. It does mean, however, that you will have no worries. You will live with the confidence that ‘all these things will be added unto you’ because you have sought Jesus first. If I may, I would like to make a bold prediction here. This is simply my opinion. My prediction is that as the economy of our nation and the world continues in a downward spiral, God’s people, those who are living lives of surrender, will not suffer from economic turmoil as others will. God has a way of providing for His children in the midst of darkness. He does this as a testimony of Himself for His glory. Imagine what the unbeliever will think as he is suffering through a bad economy while his Christian friend who is sold out to Jesus feels none of the effects of a suffering economy. Imagine the testimony that will be of the provision of God for those who live for Him! I have a hunch that God’s people are going to be blessed while the rest of the world is suffering. God always provides for those who will surrender all to Him.
A third and final gain that we receive for living a life of surrender is purpose. Galatians 3:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…. John 3:30 says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Here we find the Biblical principle of a life of surrender. We must decrease. The more we decrease, the more Jesus will increase. The more we surrender, the more the joy and provision that comes from Jesus will increase. The more we surrender, the more His name will shine forth in the world. Our purpose in life is to lift up Jesus. We are to bring Him glory by surrendering all to Him. Without a life of surrender, there is no purpose. Life is meaningless and vain. However, a life of surrender gives us a reason for living. That reason is Jesus.