How Will Things End Up?
- You might surrender your marriage, and not have the turnaround you hope for.
- You might surrender you child, and watch him go headlong into heartache.
- You might surrender your adoption, and watch it get cancelled.
- You might surrender the election, and watch the other guy win.
We aren’t promised the happy ending we hope for in this life. Not by a long shot. Our world is broken, and we all live with the heartache of that. But for those who surrender their lives to God and say, “You are God; I am not,” there is the promise of a restored kingdom and a re-storied life!
The Happy Ending
Our ultimate “happy ending” is being kept for us in the Kingdom. And aren’t you so glad? Nothing is ultimately safe from the diminishing decay of sin, here in this world. Suppose you have experienced something you were hoping for in this life. If so, wasn’t your joy also mingled with a measure of pain, frustration, or ache for more?
This is now how things will be, however, in the kingdom of heaven. Psalm 16:11 says,
“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
So if we’re among those whom Jesus has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col 1:13), and if we’ve come to know the path of life, then here’s what awaits us in that kingdom:
- Life in his presence. No more wondering if God sees or is near. We will be in his presence.
- Fullness of joy. Our joy will be like a cup that is completely brimming full. No heartache mingled in; only joy.
- We will experience pleasures forevermore. No expiration date. Only never-ending pleasures.
Slicing Off the Ends
If you’re contemplating surrender, and wondering whether you should give your life in its entirety—or just some smaller slice—over to God, here’s what I want you to remember.
The story, which your life is part of, started before sin; before the chapter you and I are living in. It started with God creating a perfect garden, and placing two people inside it, then giving them dominion. Our original parents had purpose and joy. They were unrestrained and free to discover and pursue pleasures evermore. This is the beginning of your story. It’s end—if you have been transferred from darkness to light (Col 1:13)—will mirror it.
So when you ask the question: “Will surrender really make me happy?” don’t slice off the ends of the story. Surrender is what God intended in the first place. That’s why he placed the tree in the middle of the garden (see chapter two of Control Girl, titled, “Eve: It Looked Good to Me”).
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So it’s true that you might surrender to God, and still never get married, get a promotion, or become wealthy. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is the end of the story. It’s not.
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