I Surrender All

Posted on 09/07/2010 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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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
Lord, I give my self to thee
Fill me with thy love and power
Let thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


For he is Lord, he is Lord
He has risen from the dead
and he is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

For you're my Lord, you're my Lord
You have risen from the dead
and you're my Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

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Yes, I've learned how to turn invisible, and I'm going to teach you how. The title of today's message is "How to Turn Invisible by Owning an Island and Not Paying for It." We're still working to raise the $145 we still lack to pay the fees for this island. A special thank you is in order, since I'm sure many of you have given extra Linden Dollar donations. These will help with the upcoming fees. But for me to get back in to my suspended account and keep the island from disappearing, the Linden Lab folks will take only real money, so just ask God what he'd have you do, then go to almcyberchurch.org and click the donate button.

The REAL title of today's message is "I Surrender All." Surrendering all probably won't turn you invisible, but there are much more practical, desirable things surrender will do for you.

Today, I'd like to briefly talk about what it means to surrender, and the effects Godly surrender will have on your life.

I've asked Mariposa to stay on the stage since I can't login as Benjamin Psaltery and grace you with my newbie appearance. But neither of us want to be today's focus anyway, and I hope we can look past who is and isn't on the stage and instead turn our eyes upon Jesus, as we open the Scriptures and drink in his Words of Life.

We just sang the hymn, "I Surrender All." It's easy to sing that and not really think about the words, but I hope you did.

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

Have you surrendered to Jesus? Have you freely given him everything, without any strings attached? Do you trust him? Do you live in his presence every day?

In Luke 9:23 (KMV), Jesus says this: "If any one will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. "

Deny himself. That's surrender. That's giving everything with no strings attached, denying even your own rights to get anything in return. And that's a daily thing, a daily surrender, a daily giving up of your rights, a daily walk with God.

How many of us can sing even the first verse and truly mean it? That should certainly be our goal, to surrender everything, to learn HOW to surrender everything, to give up our rights, to demand nothing in return, and to do this every single day.

In Luke 17:10 (KMV), Jesus talks about the station of a servant, then tells us this:

10 In the same way, when you have done all those things which you are commanded to do, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have only performed our duty.'"

This throws the attitude of rights out the window. Yes, we have a great inheritance, and we have been given authority over all the power of the enemy; yes, we should believe that when we ask for something, we have what we ask. But we should also remember that when we receive an answer to prayer, or when we see the strongholds of the enemy crumble, it is not our just reward; rather, it is the amazing goodness, mercy, and love of God, who died for us while we were still in our sins.

We are dead, crucified with Christ, and we are to take up our cross daily, putting the old nature to death, as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, instead of following our own carnal desires.

"I surrender all... I surrender all... All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all."

And you know something? It's not a life absent of happiness and contentment. Quite the contrary. Happiness actually isn't hard to find, and it doesn't cost you a lot of money.

We tend to think that if we could only achieve that lofty goal, perhaps to find true love, or get that novel published, or land that perfect job, THEN we'd be happy. But true, lasting happiness doesn't come from things that are hard to reach.

We generally think that if we had millions of dollars, THEN we'd be happy. But true, lasting happiness can't be bought, and having too much money can often drain any true happiness we might have had.

We sometimes think that surrendering everything to Jesus and giving up our rights will lead us away from happiness and contentment. But actually... the opposite is true.

Let's consider, for just a moment, that full surrender includes surrendering to the path God has for you to walk. And that path is intimitely related to those giftings God has placed within you.

So part of surrender is to find what God has gifted you to do.

You might think that thing is... well, nothing. But you'd be thinking wrong.

Maybe you have a strong desire to sing, and God gives you brand new songs to sing to him. If that's you, then you might be thinking, "Me? Gifted in song? No way! I'll never sell an album, and no one will ever sing my songs!" So what?

Or maybe you have a strong desire to write, but you think, "Me? Gifted to write? There's no way I'll ever publish a book." And again I say, so what? Has God gifted you to publish books, or to write? Has God gifted you to sell albums, or to sing?

We try to define our gifts and our callings according to the world's guidelines. But God's thoughts are above man's thoughts, and his ways are much, much higher than the ways of the world.

If you have surrendered your activities to Jesus, then it shouldn't matter if anyone else ever pats you on the back and rewards you for what you do. After all, you're not using your gifts for an earthly reward; instead, you are using your gifts to glorify God and to bring joy to his heart.

So just write... just paint... just sing... just say a kind word to someone... just bag groceries as unto the Lord, or study for tests as unto the Lord... And when you surrender to him in this way, then he will promote you according to HIS plans and purposes for your life, and your happiness and contentment will not come from the praise of men, but from knowing that you are doing what God has created you to do, and you are pleasing God.

So finding and operating in your gifts is one important part of surrendering all. But on this issue, there's something we should be careful to not overlook, and that is this: God has not only gifted you to do things you enjoy doing, that is only a small part of the big picture... The truth of the matter is that we need the most Divine giftings in the things that are often the most unpleasant.

It can be extremely enjoyable to sing, to paint, or to write; bagging groceries or studying for tests might be a different story, but at least you get a passing grade or a paycheck as a reward for your hard work.

But suppose God has also gifted you to clean the toilets at church? Or to scrape gum off the seats where self-centered, inconsiderate, ingrates have sat? Or to say a kind word or give an honest smile to people who are cursing at you or seem to hate your guts?

THESE types of things take the most Divine gifts, for they go far beyond our own human abilities, and they require heavenly grace. They require surrender.

I can't demand my rights while turning the other cheek, or blessing those who curse me, or forgiving those who take great pleasure in the wrongs they have done to us. But these are all a part of our calling. God has called us all to walk in these foolish ways.

And until we let go of what we think will make us happy, we cannot find true and lasting happiness. For true happiness does not come from what we can get, but from what we can give.

And as we surrender ourselves as living sacrifices, freely giving what God has given us with no strings attached and only for His glory, THEN, and in the right time, we will eventually reap a harvest. So don't grow weary in doing good. For your reward, priceless gifts from God, will come; for you gave up your rights to get what you deserve when you surrendered your sin and its eternal judgment. And now you live a life of surrender, learning new areas of surrender every day, and surrendering even this to God for his glory and by his grace alone.

The rewards for true surrender are priceless.

If you've truly surrendered your rights, then you won't get offended and bent out of shape when someone tramples them.

If you've truly surrendered your callings and gifts, then your identity won't be challenged by what you can and can't do.

If you've truly surrendered your worries and fears, then they belong to God, and he will work out those difficult situations and will lead you in the right paths.

And finally, a life of surrender includes surrendering your failures to God. Will you fail? Absolutely. Will you fail to surrender? Of course. But that's okay. It's not about YOU and what YOU do anyway. It's all about Jesus. And the more you take your eyes off of yourself and put them on Him, seeing first and as the central thing, God's kingdom and His righteousness, the more all those other things will take care of themselves.

In Matthew chapter six, Jesus explains this to us. Let's read what he says about this type of surrender, and then we'll close with a time of prayer and ministry.

Matthew 6:24-34 (KMV)

24 No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.
25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; or for your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?
26 Behold the birds of the air, for they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of greater value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add a forearm's length to his life's span?  
28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they do not toil, neither do they spin,
29 And yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
30 Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore, do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or, 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?'
32 (after all these things the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
34 Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient unto the day are the troubles thereof.

If you're constantly worrying about money and provisions, how can you be surrendered to God and be focused on serving him? This passage isn't only talking about the pursuit of wealth, but about worry -- fretting about whether we'll have what we need, instead of worshiping God and serving him with the meditations of our heart.

Unlike the birds of the air, we may need to sow, to reap, and to gather into barns. Unlike the lillies, we may need to toil and spin. But just like the birds and the flowers and all of creation, we don't need to worry. The ant is the lazy man's teacher, for it does what God created it to do. But like the bird and the flower, it doesn't worry. It does what God gifted it to do, and its needs are met.

And as you surrender to the gifts God has placed within you and the the callings he has placed upon your life, following the path he has set before you and doing what he tells you to do, then you can also surrender your worries and fears and cares; for if he takes care of the flowers and the birds who were created for us to enjoy, how much more will he take care of YOU, the crowning achievement of his creation, made in his image and likeness, made for the purpose of having daily, intimate fellowship with him?

So it is in this knowledge that we say to him today, as a statement of faith, "I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all!"

I'd like to open this altar for a time of prayer, worship, ministry, and surrender. And whether you need to surrender your life to Jesus for the first time, or you just want to give him more of yourself, your life, your worries and cares, or any other thing, you're all invited to get out of your seat right now and make your way to the front, as an outward statement to God that you surrender all.

Whenever you need to leave, you're dismissed, and after this time of prayer, you're invited to have a time of fellowship in the Fellowship Room to your left.

If you'd like someone to talk or pray with you, you can instant message Mariposa or someone else on the Staff or Ministry team.

Come, and let's spend some time seeking after God, as we join in with the words of that hymn, "Lord Jesus, I Surrender All!"