Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breast: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. JOEL 2:16
From the anchor Scripture, where God asked the different categories of the children of Isreal to come before Him with fasting, you can draw out some Divine revelation of 5 things God wants us to surrender. The 5 categories of people that God called are:
i.) The elders (symbolising experience), ii.) The children (symbolising ignorance), iii.) The babies that are still breast-feeding (symbolising innocence), iv.) The bridegroom (symbolizing achievement), v.) The bride (symbolizing excitement)
What then is God saying to you about total surrender today?
Firstly, you must surrender your experience. Anybody who comes to God with his experience will not succeed with Him. You must surrender your eldership and make up your mind that whatever experience you have gotten in life and ministry does not matter.
Secondly, you must surrender your ignorance. ‘I don’t know anything’ is not an excuse with God. As a matter of fact, you must come before God and say. ‘I don’t know anything but i am willing to be taught’.
Thirdly, you must surrender your innocence and sence of self-righteousness to God. That is to say, that mindset of ‘I don’t have any problem; i am doing everything God wants me to do right now’ must be surrendered to God.
fourthly, you must surrender your achievements.’I am pastoring 10,000 people,’ means nothing before God because out of that 10,000 people, only 100 or 500 may be headed for Heaven and
Finally, you must surrender your excitement. Remain BLESSED.