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by Steven Hieronymus, elder on February 17th, 2012

I am of an age where I remember the alternating altar call songs that were predominately popular – a few years back. One week it would be “Just As I Am” and the next it would be “I Surrender All”. I got to thinking about the word “surrender” which prompted me to review the words from this very old hymn.

All to Jesus, I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

I surrender all, I surrender all
All to Thee, my blessèd Savior
I surrender all

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus, I surrender
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine
Let me feel the Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine

All to Jesus, I surrender
Lord, I give myself to Thee
Fill me with Thy love and power
Let Thy blessing fall on me

All to Jesus I surrender
Now I feel the sacred flame
O the joy of full salvation
Glory, glory, to His Name

I suggest that we should let these words wash over us anew; not just a repeating of words to a song repeatedly sung years back, but rather with an embracing of the commitment and joy that is being expressed. I confess that surrendering myself so completely might give me some initial apprehension; to freely give of all that I have, to forsake worldly pleasures. However, this is our call. Am I ready and willing to release the “things” in my life and even my mindset into His hands? As part of God’s family and members within our body, we will be asked to surrender things we might hold dear, as we together follow the Lord’s leading and strive to impact our community and world as an Ambassador for Christ. Am I willing to release, not just some financial resources, but also my preferred plans or way / view of ministry? Our finite minds sometimes struggle to grasp or comprehend the infinite given in exchange as we release or surrender. Have you now noted some of those exchange items; Belonging, Holy Spirit, Love, Power, Blessings and most significantly Salvation.

One of the Webster’s definitions of surrender is – to give oneself up, as into the power of another; to submit or yield. The day is coming when all will surrender, bend the knee and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. Sadly, many will not bow in joy, but rather dread. I have already placed my life eternal into the hands of my Lord, and now my desire is that – “I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

Thank you Jesus. Glory, Glory to Your Name!


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