Surrendering All

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Judson Van DeVenter could not find direction in his life. Van DeVenter, born on this day in 1855, taught art after attending college. Failing to find satisfaction, he wondered if God wanted him to go into full-time evangelistic work. Yet he continued to struggle.

While conducting a meeting in East Palestine, Ohio, he decided that the only way he could have peace and know God’s will was to surrender his life anew to Jesus. He wrote his decision in the words to a song, called “I Surrender All.”

As he thought about this decision, Van DeVenter wrote, “All to Jesus, I surrender; all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.”

He humbly bowed at Jesus’ feet, ready to forsake “worldly pleasures.” He prayed, “Jesus, take me now.” He asked the Lord to make him “wholly Thine,” that he might feel the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. He told Him, “Lord, I give myself to Thee; fill me with Thy love and power; let Thy blessing fall on me.”

With this deep surrender, Van DeVenter discovered that “a new day was ushered into my life.” He became an evangelist and discovered that “God had hidden a song in my heart.” He found direction and peace by obeying the command of Jesus to leave everything else behind. He had surrendered all.

Do you have any struggles? Do you face decisions about your direction? Your future?

You can find your answer by surrendering your life fully to Jesus. Don’t seek your own way, but submit your thoughts, goals, and ambitions to Him. Seek His will and His Kingdom, not your own.

In absolute surrender, you’ll find perfect peace. He will guide you and give you fulfillment and satisfaction. Don’t wait! Do it right now!