One day, I found myself singing, â€œI surrender all, I surrender all.Â All to Thee, My blessed Savior, I surrender allâ€.Â I stopped singing to ponder the thought, â€œDo I really mean itâ€?Â
Romans 12:1 says, â€œI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.â€Â
I concluded that I have done that.Â The catch is that I keep jumping off the altar. I sincerely want to let God have all of me for all of the time.Â I just allow Satan to distract me from my commitment to my Lord Jesus. Â Â I believe that the surrender of our bodies to God is something that must be done daily.Â Jesus told us that we need to take up our crosses daily and follow Him.
I want my surrender to be complete.Â God doesnâ€™t want our leftovers.Â You know, the money we have left over after the bills are paid.Â Nor the time left over after our chores are done.Â Nor, our worship left over after we worshipped at the altars of the world.Â â€œBut seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. â€œÂ Matthew 6:33.
I like this old hymn by Elisha Hoffman.Â This is the chorus:
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest
As you yield Him your body and soul.