Do We Surrender All?
We love to raise our voices and sing that song. It is a beautiful song and while it needs to be sung, it should honestly reflect our state of mind. We recognize the sovereignty of our God, at least with our minds, but in our hearts don’t we have difficulty yielding completely to him in all things, at all times? During moments of great anxiety and stress we cry out to God to help us because we are painfully aware that we are powerless, and God is in charge. After all – He is God!
I find it easy to yield to God and submit to his authority when I am in trouble and need help. It’s the little moments that trip me up. When that car cuts me off or tries to bully its way ahead of me; when I know I am right and that my idea is the best one on the table. Or when someone misinterprets an innocent remark and I need to defend it rather than just apologize? Or my personal favorite, when I encounter someone who apparently is not having a good day and taking it out on everyone. Admit it. Doesn’t it just feel good to put him in his place and yes – to have the last word?
My sisters, this is not surrender. Paul says in his letter to the Philippians, “Don’t be selfish, don’t try to impress others, be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
C.S. Lewis put it this way: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”
When next we sing “All to Jesus, I surrender. Lord, I give myself to thee. Fill me with thy love and power. Let thy blessing fall on me”, I pray we do so with hearts completely yielded to our Sovereign God.
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