I surrender all; I surrender all. All to Thee, my blessed Savior; I surrender all. (Judson W. Van DeVenter)
I’ve always said that the familiar hymn, “I Surrender All” is the hardest song to sing; not because of its tune, phrasing or key, but because of its meaning. I’ve heard it said that we should be singing lyrics like, “I surrender ‘somethings’” or “I surrender ‘just a little bit’”.
Jesus was so committed to the Father, so yielded to Him, that He had no desire to do what was pleasing to Himself, to His own aim, to His own purpose. His desire was only the will and the pleasure of the Father.
I would to God that we would have such a desperate, dedicated love for the Lord that it would supersede anything of ourselves; that it would bring us to such a place where we could be trusted with His will, committed to His way, and that the world, in encountering our lives, might turn its face to Christ and cry out, “I believe, I believe, I yield.”
This can only be when we have reached the place of having transferred ownership of our lives; that includes even our most intimate relationship – back to the Lord Jesus.