January 28, 2015
Some to Jesus I surrender…
I woke up this morning with the following song lyric playing over and over in my head. It’s from an old hymn that I honestly haven’t sung in years. The song simply says, “All to Jesus, I surrender, all to him I freely give…” I must admit this was not so much me waking up with a song in my heart as it was the Holy Spirit asking me, “Jed, have you really surrendered all?”
The answer, for me, was a resounding, “No.” You see, most often in my life, as things get busy, schedules get full and spare time is at a premium, my song goes a little more like this, “Some to Jesus I surrender, some to him I will occasionally (when my schedule allows) give…” Sound familiar? We get so caught up in doing things our way that we neglect to give God everything.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I smile to think we are not asked to “trust in the Lord with some of our heart.” We are to trust him with everything. In all our ways, we are to submit to him.
I am reminded of the picture I saw many years ago of Jesus standing at a door and knocking. It is appropriately titled, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” Go ahead and Google that picture. This next part will mean more to you. Found it yet? In that picture Jesus is patiently and lovingly knocking on a door, waiting for the person on the other side to open it up. But do you know what’s missing from that picture? A doorknob. In all the versions of the original picture, none of those paintings have a doorknob.
Jesus is a gentleman. He will not barge into our lives and demand we give over certain areas of our hearts and lives to him, even though he knows we can’t even breathe without him allowing our brains to perform that function. It is our choice to move the latch, unlock the door and invite him into our hearts and lives. It is our choice to surrender everything to him. May your and my song today be “All to Jesus I surrender.”
Church Notes - Week of 1-28-15
Augusta Church Women United meeting
The Augusta Church Women United will meet Saturday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the Tearcoat Church of the Brethren. They will meet to plan the World Day of Prayer Service. (Snow date of Feb. 14.) For more info., call Gayla at 304-496-7253.