Has it happened to you?
You finally reached the end of your rope . . .
Your world collapsed in on you . . .
You realized the truth of the claims and . . .
. . . bowed your head and heart to the One who called your name.
Do you remember the day?
Maybe you responded to the same song I did.
Maybe like me the lyrics drew you in and you wanted nothing more than to deposit your life into the hands of the One you were told could and would rescue you.
I’ve been realizing that though we went from death to life that day, we likely had no real idea what we were doing.
1. What did we know of surrender?
Sure. To surrender means to stop struggling, to cry ‘Uncle’ and let the other person lay claim to the prize, in this case the shambles of your life.
The song title describes the larger measure of surrender that’s required, I Surrender All. It’s been a lot of years and I think I may just be getting a hint of what that ALL means; my dreams, my days, my desires, my will, … .
The song’s alternate title, All to Jesus, presents another conversion day issue.
2. What did we know of Jesus?
Second person of the Trinity, Son of the Living God, Messiah, the Sacrificial Lamb and Shepherd of the sheep, our Interceder with the Father. . .
We might have known about His position and roles, but our purpose is to enjoy a loving and intimate relationship with JESUS, our Older Brother. I admit I knew very little about my Rescuer when He took my hand.
The way God has it arranged is that the more we surrender, the more we learn who He is and the more our relationship with Him will deepen. It seems we’re meant to spend our lives learning to do the first in order to enjoy the second.
This song says it well.
“For we never can prove the delights of His love until ALL on the altar we lay
for the favor He shows and the joy He bestows are for them who will trust and obey.”
How are you doing with the surrender piece?
Care to share the blessings you’ve received along the way?
May God bless you wherever you are in these trying times.
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