I Surrender All (Galatians 2:20)
Galatians 2:20, 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.
While in seminary school, one of the courses I took was Homiletics. The class was taught by our college’s dean. He reminded us continually, “What you do with the Bible will determine what God does with you.” Until then, I had never heard of that statement. On that day back in 1997, I decided to make the Word of God a daily priority in my life. It’s been close 25 years and I have never been sorry I made that commitment (Matthew 16:24-27). Making the Bible the foundation of your life, your choices, and the basis of your decisions will give you joy, delight, direction, clarity, stability, and warnings against that which can harm you.
If you are going to be totally sold out to the Lord, then God's Word is vital for establishing a spiritual foundation in your life. How can you please and obey the Lord if you don't know what to obey or what pleases Him? How are you going to know anything about Him without His Word? It will be difficult for sure. Throughout history, the great awakenings and revivals took place where God's Word was made available to the people of a nation. Many are not dedicated to the Lord today because they have decided to base their lives on the philosophies of the world which run contrary to what the Scriptures teach. God instructs us to reject such false and foolish teachings and ideas.
Abraham is numbered among a rare breed of submissive hearts in the Bible who were available to God. In addition to Abraham, these men were also available to God; Jacob, in his old age (Genesis 46:2); Moses, on the backside of the desert (Exodus 3:4); Samuel, as a little child (I Samuel 3:4); Isaiah, a future prophet and writer (Isaiah 6:8); and Ananias, an unusual servant (Acts 9:10). All responded, “Here am I,” to God. May this same spirit of availability prevail in each of us. Often, we fear that giving God full control will result in our not receiving what we desire. Be assured that when you surrender your will to God, you will receive the best God has to offer. It may not be what you desire or what you would have planned, but God's will is always better than what you could provide yourself.
Founder of the Salvation Army William Booth said, “The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender”. When D.L. Moody began in the ministry he heard a preacher say, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully surrendered to Him." Moody that night said, "By God’s grace I’ll be that man!" It is said that Moody shook two continents for God and over a million souls came to Christ under his preaching and ministry. Moody had little education, and he was not a skillful speaker. But God greatly used his life. At a memorial service some years after Moody’s death, Evangelist R.A. Torrey who had been one of his closest friends said, "The first thing that accounts for God’s using D.L. Moody so mightily was that he was a fully surrendered man. Every ounce of that 280 pound body of his belonged to God; everything he was and everything he had, belonged wholly to God." When we surrender our purpose and will to God and allow Him to use us as He sees fit, wonderful things happen. The world is shaken not by the wise, the mighty, the intelligent, or the skilled, but by those who have yielded to God. Instead of surrendering, they cling tightly to their own desires and interests. How much better it is both for us and for a world in need if we surrender and let God choose our path!
Points to Ponder:
A surrendered life can shake the world.
God’s will is always what's best for you, whether you see it or not.
Take time right now to place your desires in God's hands.
Trust Him to do what's best and faithfully live your life knowing God guides your steps.
God is still at work today. He has something great He desires to do right where you live.
But the only life you have to offer to God is the life God has given to you.
So, offer yourself to God in your present circumstances.
God still works through yielded servants.
Questions to Consider:
What role does the Bible play in your life?
What do you use as your basis or standard of determining what is right or wrong?
Are you willing to be that fully surrendered person for God?
Have you surrendered your will to God today?
Are you offering yourself to God now? If not, why not?
Will you be the man or woman that is willing to be used of God?
Will you turn your abilities over to God and let Him use them however He sees fit?
PRAYER: LORD, my desire is to do Your will and to do it willingly and without question. I pray that by the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, I may be willing to present my entire life to You as a sweet-smelling savour. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.