What makes a dog a dog? Was it by the fact that its genetic DNA made it a dog, or was it like a man, who tried hard to enter doghood and emulated all the mannerisms of man’s best friend, barking, walking on all fours and eating dog food from the dog dish? We cannot be silly and assume such a man becomes a dog by trying so doggon hard that he just transitions into a state of becoming canine! This is plain, yet many well intentioned religious people try harder to become a Christian by doing Christian things, giving, abstaining from what they know is sin and immoral, they try harder to be better but until they surrender and let God through Faith in Christ change their DNA from external religiousity to inward loyalty and a new heart they can try all they want but should just rather beg God to transform them by His power not their mere effort.
Surrender is yes active in the sense we do in a way do somwthing, we surrender and give up and acknowlege our sins we have stacked against us before God. Yet it is non active in the sense you must perform a good work to gain God’s attention to save your soul and bring about rebirth. What it says is “For all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved”
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Even if one is mute God hears the inward cries of a person’s heart and when we see our need for saving from the mess we all are apart from Christ, after all “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith and not of yourselves but a gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8)
This is God’s ordained method to transform the old man into a new one, the sinner into the “not guilty” and then he deposits the righteous laws of God in our hearts at that moment and we become “New Creations”
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!