Surrendering is never easy. When the French and Colonial American armies combined forces and laid siege to British forces at Yorktown for nearly a month, they eventually smashed its defenses with artillery barges and infantry charges. On October 17, 1781, Lord Cornwallis of England finally agreed to surrender and a formal ceremony was held a couple of days later.
The British wanted to follow their usual pageantry during the event—flag waving and shouldering muskets. General Washington refused and had the British infantry march with their muskets upside down in an attempt to destroy their spirits. Cornwallis would not attend the ceremony, and Washington refused to accept the sword of the British second in command.
Far from this display, however, the Christian life is one of daily surrender—and this is especially important when you're involved in witnessing. In order for God to completely change us into effective servant, we must completely yield to Him and His will.
Ellen White wrote:
“The whole heart must be yielded to God, or the change can never be wrought in us by which we are to be restored to His likeness. … The warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought. The yielding of self, surrendering all to the will of God, requires a struggle; but the soul must submit to God before it can be renewed” (Steps to Christ
, page 43).
Remember, God can work best through a life wholly submitted to Him, and you'll reach more people when you give yourself fully over to His will.« Back