Surrender is an Active Process
Paul precedes this passage talking about the command God gives us to love one another. He tells us in this passage to love one another understanding our present time. We have been woken from our slumber we were in before knowing Christ. This allows us to love in a way that we wouldn't be able to otherwise. Paul also acknowledges that we are nearer now to our salvation than when we first started believing.
As we go through our walk, we get closer and closer to God (the light). As we get closer to the light, we start to look more like it. Sometimes it can be easy to put pressure on ourselves to be the light and to be "putting away the deeds of darkness" on our own. Many times putting on the armor of the light looks like removing ourselves from the equation and letting God do the work. Now, that definitely looks like doing something. It is not a passive thing to allow God to do the moving in and through our lives.
Becoming Like Jesus is a Process
This process of getting closer to the day of our salvation and the growth we experience as we go toward that is called sanctification. The basic understanding of that is that we become more and more like Jesus as we pursue a relationship with Him. We experience more of God's freedom. We experience more of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
These verses provide hope. We have hope that our salvation is near. We don't have to settle for anything less than what God wants for us. God wants good things for us, and we can start that process now. We must wake up for the more that God has for us today. We don't have to wait until we are in some certain season or place to have access to the more that God has for us now.
God, show me what it looks like to put away the desires of my flesh in exchange for what you have for me. Thank you for the ways you have brought breakthrough in my life. Show me the places where I still need to give You myself. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
- Daniel Bailey