Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 23, 2009

I Surrender All

I have never put one of my sermons on this blog but feel led to use an abreviated one this time.  May God bless you as you read it.

Lk 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. 

“I Surrender All” is a song which expresses the idea of giving up everything to be a disciple of Jesus. Judson Woodbridge VanDeVenter, born in Michigan in 1855 wrote the words to this hymn.  He had a career in music and art.    He was also a member in a Methodist Episcopal Church and eventually became a preacher.  He traveled around as an evangelist and wrote this hymn in 1896 while conducting a in Ohio. When writing these words her was recalling his long struggle between continuing in art or becoming a full time minister.  When surrendered and dedicated his life to Christ, he wrote, “A new day was ushered into my life…God had hidden a song in my heart.”

The song suggests what we must do to surrender to Jesus.

We just sang that we must freely give all to Him
“All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.”

Giving our all means that we must put His will first in our lives: Mt. 6.33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “
It also means loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength: Mk. 12.30

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
 Peter expressed this in Luke 18:28 “We have left all and followed You”. And Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God v  and obey it.”

 All to Jesus I surrender – everything in and around us?

What do we mean by “ALL?”

                        Money

                        Time

                        Talent

                        Family

All to Him I freely give – freely?

            No strings or expectations attached

I will every love and trust Him –really love (be devoted to) really trust (with every detail of our life?)

In his presence daily live – Daily, every day.  Aware He is with us, watching and listening to everything we say, think and do. 

 Verse 2, says we must humbly bow at His feet
“All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken, Take me, Jesus, take me now.”

When we bow at Jesus’ feet is we are repenting as the psalmist wrote Psa. 51.15-17

O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices   of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
In bowing we submit ourselves fully to Him forsaking all worldly pleasure: Lk. 14.33

“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”  Paul is an example of this complete submission to Christ: Gal. 2.20

I have been crucified with Christ  and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,   who loved me and gave himself for me. 

Worldly pleasures all forsaken – would we rather go to a football game, a concert, read the paper, stay in bed, rather than assembling with the saints together on Sunday morning and at other times during the week? 

Take me, Jesus, take me now.  Are we sure He will defend us before God the Father? 

In verse 3, we must come with the desire to belong wholly to Him
“All to Jesus I surrender, Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine.”

Jesus demands of His followers to be wholly His: Mt. 16.24-26 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?’”
Only those who live in Christ can know the joy of living: Phil. 4.4) “Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends”

For Jesus to make us wholly His, we must make sure that He is wholly ours.  We can only do by doing the will of the Father: Matt. 7.21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”

Make me Savior wholly thine – with every part of our mind, emotions, and body.  Do we treat our body and mind like they belong to Jesus?

Let me feel the Holy Spirit – We have to open the gift of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work within us

Truly know that thou are mine.  The Holy Spirit is given to each believer to help us grow in holiness. 

As verse 4 tells us, we must give ourselves to Jesus
“All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to Thee.
Fill me with Thy love and power; Let Thy blessings fall on me.”
 

Giving ourselves to Jesus simply means that we must give Jesus first place in our lives before all else: Mt. 10.34-38 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. for I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law  —  a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.  Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” 

The Philippian jailor in Acts 16.30-34 understood this. “ He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They replied, “Believe  in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved   —you and your household.”   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night q  the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.   The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he s  was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family 

Lord, I give my self to thee – What areas do we hold back?  What do we try to hide from God and from ourself and from others? 

Fill me with thy love and power – love for the unlovable in our community – are we reaching out?  Power to proclaim Christ to our friends and neighbors 

Let thy blessing fall on me – Two forms of blessing.  One means correction.  Willing to be corrected 

Verse 5 concludes with the blessings that come from surrendering all to Jesus
“All to Jesus I surrender; Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory, to His name!”

This refers to the influence of God’s word in our hearts: Jer. 20.9

But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,”his word is in my heart like a fire,  a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

Only those who surrender to Christ in full obedience can know the eternal salvation that Christ offers: Heb. 5.8-9 “It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.”

And as such, they will want to give glory to His name: Rev. 14.7

He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” 

Now I feel the sacred flame – feel the flame of the Holy Spirit to show our passion for God 

O the joy of full salvation – fills our mind, our emotions and our physical body

Do others see the joy? 

Glory, glory to His name – Do we glorify His name in all we think, say and do 

Now, finally, the chorus

 The chorus repeats the commitment that is made in each stanza to surrender all to Jesus.
“I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all.”
When we sing this song, we are stating we are understand the self-sacrifice that is necessary to come to Jesus.  We receive His salvation from sin, live for Him here, and have the hope of eternal life in heaven with Him.

In earlier centuries battle was hand to hand, or sword to sword.  When one surrendered he would get on his knees, bare the nape of his neck and wait for the victor to decide what to do: cut off his head with the victor’s sword, with his own sword, or let him go.

If we wish to please Christ, we must tell Him, “I Surrender All.”

I surrender all  – think about it

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed savior – Do we really look to him as our savior in all situations?

I surrender all. 

The altar is open.  Feel free to have your own time with God.

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