What does it mean to “surrender” to God? How do we know that we have surrendered to Him? First, Our Lady wants us to place in God’s hands everything that we call our own, all our possessions, and even everything that we do. We must make God the King of all we possess.
July 25, 1988
Our Lady of Medjugorje says it plainly. She is active. She “is bringing” peace to you. But you cannot receive Her peace if you are not doing as She has asked. She wants you to be intimately connected to Her by living a deeply spiritual life. You cannot be led into the depths of the spiritual life until you make the decision to surrender to God all that is yours. On another occasion, Our Lady said:
April 25, 1989
Our Lady tells you the only way you shall have joy in your heart is to let everything that you possess be in the hands of God. If you do not have joy in your heart, you must ask yourself if you are holding back from God something from your life that you are clinging to. You are to have in your heart that all you own and possess is really God’s…
…It may seem impossible to live what Our Lady is telling you, but She assures you that it is through surrendering everything completely to God that you will be able to live everything She is telling you.
January 2, 1986
March 25, 1988
There is still another reason that you should be very serious, and with a firm will, surrender yourself, your possessions, your past, and all that you do to God. Our Lady has said many times that She is able to present you to God through that surrender. If you do not abandon and surrender yourself, Our Lady is not able to present you to God as She desires to do. She pleads, beseeches us to understand this, because She wants “to keep on presenting you to God.”
August 1, 1985
November 25, 1987
In some way, by your listening to Our Lady and doing as She asks you to do through the messages She is giving in Medjugorje, She can go before God and present you to Him in a way that She cannot if you are not living Her words. By your surrendering your life, your family, your possessions, your livelihood, and your problems to God the Father, you, in some way, mark yourselves as Our Lady’s possession, and She claims you as Her own before God’s throne. She says it is “only” through your surrender that She can continue to present you to God. This “presentation” is unique for our time. Our Lady said:
December 25, 1987
There is no doubt that we are living in decisive times. We must hold ourselves accountable to how seriously we are answering Our Lady’s call, because it is for our own good that we obey Her requests.
November 25, 1987
In the Love and Hope that Our Lady Brings,