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I Surrender All

All to Jesus I surrender; all to Him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at His feet I bow.
Worldly pleasures all forsaken, take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Saviour, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to Thee.
Fill me with Thy love and power; let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory to His name!

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

Judson W. Van DeVenter, the author of, “I Surrender All,” had struggled for some time with a call into full-time ministry. He had become a successful professor and was accomplished in the field of arts, but in a revival meeting he settled in his heart to surrender to the call of God. The words that he penned have expressed so eloquently the live and desires of the child of God who has fully surrendered to the perfect will of God.

Over the past few months, I have been reminded many times of my commitment to the perfect will of God. As my wife and I were told of that she had cancer of the lungs and liver and it was very progressed, Connie ask for a pen and paper and wrote down the words to, “He Giveth More Grace.” Two days later as she lay in CCU, gasping for breath the words to another song came to mind… “His strength is perfect, when our strength is gone.” The next morning as I was pushed out of CCU, and they put my wife on life support, it seemed that all of our plans and dreams began to crash around us. Life with a new baby (Madelyn Grace had been born just three weeks prior)…summer vacation…many plans for the future…growing old together.  As the hours past and the doctors did not give us much hope, we clung to the skirts of our Heavenly Father. In the middle of this storm, I was reminded one more time of the day that I said, “Yes” to God. Yes to His will. Yes to the unknown. Just as I was faithful to the vows that I made to my wife on our wedding day, I was faithful to hold to the vows to my Father. I surrender ALL! As the hours turned into days and the days into weeks and weeks into months, and we felt the strong arms of our Saviour holding us up, I remain surrendered to Him. Today my wife had her last dose of chemotherapy. The outlook is good and we are thankful. A scripture that has held us up during this time is Galatians 2:12, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

I recently read of a preacher who had just lost his family to a tragic fire, and had fallen into the depths of a deep and dark depression. As he was walking down a city street he came upon a construction crew that was building a new church.  He stopped to watch them as they worked, as he watched, he observed a worker who was busy carving a triangle out of stone with a chisel and hammer.  Stepping closer, he asked the stonecutter what he was carving. The worker pointed to the steeple of the church and said, "Do you see that small opening up there near the top of the steeple?  Well, I am carving this stone down here so that it will fit in up there."

It is my desire to live in such a way that the Master Builder can shape me after His fashion, so I will fit “up there.”


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