All to Jesus I Surrender

“All to Jesus I Surrender” is one of my favorite hymns because of its strong emphasis on surrendering to God. Judson Van De Venter who wrote this hymn described the circumstances in his life that brought it to life.

“For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life, I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, He caused me to sing."

It seems that as the years go by and my journey of following Christ continues, the issue of surrender becomes more and more important with every passing day. Not just surrendering in the sense of accepting salvation, but to truly “surrender all” so that there is no part of my life over which Jesus is not Lord.

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, make me, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel the Holy Spirit—truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee; fill me with Thy love and power; let Thy blessings fall on me.

I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all
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