There’s tension between surrender and discipline. In order to truly practice discipline, that’s godly, we have to surrender to the will of God. Galatians 6:9 says “let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” The end of that sentence “if we do not give up” presents a challenge, it creates tension. Because in order to reap a harvest or to sow good seeds we have to surrender our will to God’s will. We have to give up something to gain something and that’s where the tension between surrender and discipline exist.
Hebrews 12:11 says “no discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful later on, however it produces a harvest of righteousness in peace for those who have been trained by it.” I’ve written a fair amount about this verse and about the word discipline but I’m learning in the current season that in order to truly practice discipline, in order for that discipline to not be done in vain and to not be done blindly I have to surrender.
So, there is a balance between Galatians 6 and Hebrews 12 that we have to understand. We have to balance the tension between discipline and surrender and we have to understand at what times one needs to come before the other. I don’t think this necessarily has to be difficult or complicated. I think it could simply be acknowledging that surrender needs to take place. Pray that prayer that says “God I cannot do this I need you to be here” and then trusting in the disciplines that you’ve created. Trust that you are sewing good seeds for a harvest later.
So, the homework is this. Take some time and pray about areas and ways that surrender could come into your life. And then surrender. Pray that prayer. It’s then that we have put our trust in the disciplines that we have created and use those disciplines to continue moving in the will of God.