Romans 8:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Our walk with Christ is to freedom, joy, fulfillment and contentment. A good portion of this is available to us here in this life. The perfect portion is for our time with Him in eternity. About this life – we know life is a precious gift. Every birth is a chance to enjoy various freedoms. We are born with free-will, freely give to us by our Creator, Lord and Saviour. Slavery does exist and it is the bane of our existence. So when we choose a yoke, a bond or shackle that keeps us from God’s best and reduces us to something so far short of God’s design, it hurts.
Surrender is a word that comes with baggage for me, conjuring images of defeat and conquest. Then I joined this wonderful upside down kingdom of the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (and their myriad of descendants). Surrender to a God who loves, nurtures, grows and supports His people comes with a very different meaning. Surrender here (in my heart) puts me in a position of strength, in His courts, where I wear His appointed crown as a member of His royal household; a princess!