Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
The word submit seems to me less permanent and less complete than surrender. But I may be splitting hairs. Surrender is permanent. Have I surrendered myself, intentionally, to God? I feel I may fall short here. If I have surrendered to Him completely, there is no willing return to sin. I have, my entire life, admired those who have publicly lived their Christian faith, in a way that is impossible to miss. At the same time, that does not seem to describe my life. Is that even possible for me?
Holy Lord, I know you are in control, and I know I am yours. Am I holding back from total surrender? Help me to understand. Amen