Relinquishment - giving up, letting go, giving it to another to care for
Have you ever wanted a toddler to let go of something that might not be safe, or might be breakable? They think they want it, need it, must have it. But when you offer them something they find more interesting, tastier, better, they will let go, relinquishing what they are holding on to.
Our Father God wants us to surrender our lives to him. He wants us to trust him to provide for us an abundant life of joy and peace. But, we think we know what will make us happy or our children happy, etc. So we spend our lives struggling hard with all the complications and obligations of life that can cause a lot of stress which, in turn, can cause problems. God wants us to trust him.
We can’t imagine a God we cannot see controlling our lives. It might be difficult to surrender our lives to him because the here and now, the tangible, is all we’ve known. This step of faith, really is a leap of faith. When we do leap into the water of unknown depth, this trust in God, we find we don’t die. Life isn’t horrible, trying or disappointing. Rather, it becomes an adventure that gets more exciting as we grow in Him and learn he is trustworthy.
Because we are so limited in our understanding of God and his ways, this appears to be the greatest contradiction of all time - losing to find, dying to live. It is the kingdom of God way. This life of opposites. Lose to gain. We don’t lose with the goal of gaining. To gain is not the goal. To lose is the goal. We lose all for Him, and the gaining is incidental. In simply walking with Him we find a beautiful life.
Surrendering to God is the door to the rest he promises. We can then say with Apostle Paul that we are persuaded that he is able to keep that which we’ve committed to Him against that day, 2 Timothy 1:12
Matthew 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his live for my sake will find it.