DAY 13

Victory Through Surrender

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

1 John 3:23-24 NIV

An instrument must be tuned before it is played. A violinist, for example, tunes the A string to the international pitch, or A-440. This means that the A above middle C is vibrating 440 times per second. Once the A is tuned, all the other strings can be adjusted to play harmoniously together. Otherwise, the result would be a cacophony of chaos.

Violinists know they must tune their strings often. An accidental bump or simply playing the instrument can result in enough variation to cause discord. Likewise, it’s easy to get out of tune as humans. Christ is the standard. If we are not in a right relationship with Him, we cannot get along with others. We either vibrate in harmony with Him, or we slide into dissonance.

How do we stay in tune with Him?

Obedience! Surrender daily. We must allow Him to tune us to His perfect pitch. The Bible is very clear on this: “And whatever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22 NKJV). 

Jesus Christ remains the centerpiece of history, the most powerful force known to mankind. Massive armies have come and gone, powerful political systems have risen and fallen, all-powerful dictators and kings have crumbled to dust, yet all of them combined have never impacted the world as much as Jesus Christ our Savior. He continues to change hearts and lives today. Because He died on the cross, the Word of God declares that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. We can do this now by surrendering to Him over and over, rather than staying on our own discordant pitch. Stay tuned to the Lord. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).