So often the word surrender is associated with what we have to give up instead of what we get. During my first few years as a Christian, the words surrender and total commitment conjured up only concepts of sacrifice, renunciation, missing out, and losing what mattered most to me. I am convinced that most Christians "stall out" in the faith when the call to total commitment is received or viewed as something too high and too hard for them. Other well-meaning believers "stall out" or remain stuck because they have never been taught that total commitment is Christ's demand for all of His followers - without exception. In our efforts to be culturally relevant and make people feel comfortable in church, the preaching and teaching on this subject has been sadly omitted.
Surrender is not a dirty word. Total commitment is not reserved for spiritual superstarts, pastors, missionaries, and those who are "more spiritual" than regular people like you and me. Total commitment is the channel through which God's best and biggest blessings flow."
- Chip Ingram, True Spirituality