"I know that many who have made an absolute surrender have felt as I have felt: O God, how little we understand it! And they have prayed, “Lord God, you must truly take possession if we are to know what it really means.”It has been stated that we believe that through our faith God does accept our surrender, although the experience and the power of that absolute surrender may not come at once, and that we are to hold fast our faith in God until the experience and power do come. But let me now add what has only been mentioned before: If this absolute surrender is to be maintained and lived out, it must be by having Christ come into our life in new power. That is the thought I wish to address now.
It is only in Christ that we can draw near to God, and it is only in Christ that God can draw near to us. Christ is our life. We often plead with God to work mightily in the church and in the world, in the power of the Holy Spirit for the sanctification of His people and for the conversion of sinners. What we need is that what we ask God to do in others would be done also in ourselves. We need to allow Christ to take entire possession of us, and then Christ will be able to work through us above what we ask or think. To illustrate this great truth of “Christ our life,”I want to use four very simple thoughts. If we want to understand those words, let us consider, first, Christ our example; second, Christ our propitiation; third, Christ our Savior from sin; and finally, Christ our strength and our life.
Absolute Surrender by Murray, Andrew