Worship. Serving. Lordship. Surrender. Face Down. Victory. These are some of the few words that pretty much sum up the one of the best week I had in my entire life.
Despite the odds, I was able to attend FaceDown 2014. It’s a three-day worship conference held in Victory Alabang. Trutfully, I never asked for schedule. Good thing I did not for if I did, I would never register and conclude that I would never make it. In fact, at first I thought that conference will be held after work probably around 5-10pm. To realize that it is actually a three whole day conference is an extra challenge for someone like me. Uhm, looooooonngggg story.
Fortunately, I managed to sneak in but was late on the first day because of work, of course! I was a bit hesitant to attend since I stopped singing because of the conflict in my schedule. My team might probably forget about me but thank God for confidence, I met some of my friends, my teammates. I realized I was very excited to see them.
Sadly, the circumstances did not allowed me to attend the next two days. But I did not write to whine. It’s just one day but I learned a lot on the first day. It was very moving, life-changing, eye opener experience. Given a chance, I would definitely savor every minute of the conference. In time, Jean. In time. Could you imagine if I was able to attend the whole conference? Geez, I might have missed it but yeah… that’s life! Haha!
“We want approval, we want affirmation, we want acceptance” Who’s approval are we getting, the Lord’s or man? - Ptr. John Del Rosario
“Friendships, boy & girl relationships, or any kind of relationships; any tangible entity or object, a person, an activity, a career, music, an ideology – anything that replaces God in our hearts is an idol.” -Rey Lizardo
“The amount of work in the ministry is not the meter of your relationship with God.“ - Rey Lizardo
During the week, I had to meet my delegate to prepare us for Victory Weekend. Despite our busy schedule, it was through His grace that we were able to finish it until victory weekend. Little did I know that God is teaching me something about surrender.
“What do you really mean by surrender? What if you’re not ready to surrender yet?”
These thoughts came across my mind during the week.
For the nth time, I’ve asked myself, “What does it mean to surrender everything to God?” Jesus talks about this concept of picking up our cross daily and following Him. In order to find life, we must lose it. But how do you do that? Is it a simple prayer? Is it giving concerns and worries up to God and try to trust that He’s got everything under control?
Surrendering everything to God is not some radical or crazy action where you quit your job or school and pray all the time. It means elevating God above everything else and opening up every area of your life to Him. Every area means everything. It is the willingness to let God do what is His responsibility. Jesus died for our sins, He give us the enablement to do everything God has planned and promises. He died so we can have the fullness of who we are today. Truth isn’t some abstract concept, measured by perspective or emotions, truth is a person. The Holy Spirit leads you to the truth. The father provides, plans and lines things up to His perfect timing.
To surrender to God is to serve Him wholeheartedly. It’s about positioning yourself to say, “God, I am willing to open up everything I am and have and let you do your thing." Its about becoming aware of what He’s doing. Its about knowing that Jesus died to give you an identity as a child of God and coming into intimacy with Him.
To pick up your daily cross is to have the determination and will to choose Jesus above everything else. To love wholeheartedly, to take up your daily cross, to surrender your life to God is about the choice to let go and let God do. It is a choice you have the power to make in every situation and circumstance. In every part of your life. The focus isn’t about “what if I stuff up?” Jesus took care of that 2000 years ago. Jesus has already made you complete. God’s love is fixated and unchanging. The focus is about loving Him wholeheartedly today.
But what if you’re at the point of your life that you cannot surrender your life to Him yet? It might probably because you don’t know exactly the God that you are serving. Trust is develop by having a relationship. If we don’t have a relationship with Him, it would be hard for us to open ourselves to Him. But if we take our relationship deeper and deeper, trust won’t be an issue. But how can we know Him? Through communicating - reading the Bible and prayer. We should make extra effort to have a deeper relationship with God. The more we know Him, the more we trust Him, the more we can surrender our life to Him.
I’ve felt the unexplainable peace and comfort in my heart. It’s amazing how God teaches us things over and over again. So many realisations for this and I can’t help but give praises and honour to God.
With this, use me Lord for Your glory. I want more of You!
I cannot contain the joy in my heart every time i attend victory weekend. Glory to You alone!