Surrender

There’s an old hymn that I grew up singing–it doesn’t seem like we sing it in church so much anymore. Although the tune is very light, pretty and melodic, the words are much harder.

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

Countless times I’ve thoughtlessly sung the words without seriously considering their meaning. ALL to Jesus I surrender? Everything that I have, everything that I deal with, everyone in my life–do I truly, freely give those to Him?

I find it hardest to surrender things that are God-given. There have been times when I’ve been called to surrender relationships, desires and dreams that have been given by God. It is often very difficult to surrender these blessings; it is easy to get permanently attached to them. But, “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”.

Is surrender a one-time occurrence, or a daily commitment? I lean more toward the daily, continual action. Are some areas of your life easier to surrender to God than others? How do you deal with times when God calls you to surrender a blessing that He gave you?

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