I Surrender...

This week’s devotions focus on releasing our misplaced sources of hope.

Many of our seasoned saints made their decision to follow Christ and walked down the aisle as the congregation sang “All To Jesus I Surrender,” a hymn written in the late 1800’s. As you probably know, the chorus of the hymn is:

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.


However, if we were to be honest with God, our version of that chorus might better be sung:

I surrender half,
No, I surrender some,
Well, a bit to Jesus I surrender,
Actually, I surrender very little.


Many times we are hesitant to surrender (or release) our misplaced hopes because we imagine the cost but not the benefits. 

Scripture tells us there is a cost: And he [Jesus] said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself [release those lesser sources of hope -- even in oneself] and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) 

But there are also benefits. Here are a few for you to mull over. By releasing those people or things that are unworthy of your hope:

1 – You can discern God’s will for your life. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

2 – You are better prepared to deal with temptation. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

3 – You can live with courage. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

4 – You find rest for your soul. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and … you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

5 – Your priorities will align with those of God, and your faith In God’s provision will grow. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
 
6 – You will be aware that you have access to the throne room of God. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

I challenge you to release those lesser things that have become the source of your hope, say with the psalmist, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103:2), and sincerely sing, “I surrender all.”

By Judy Shrout

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