All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
How often do we say one thing and doing something entirely different? Even as we pray the words, “not my will but yours be done”, do we mean what we are saying? Are we parroting the words of our Lord? Or have we made those words our own?
Our claim to surrender and subjection to the will of Jesus becomes a mockery if we don’t take it seriously.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
I quoted this passage out of the New King James Version only because of how it deals with the word logikos. Don’t bother rubbing your eyes and squinting you won’t see it there because logikos is the Greek root of the word ‘reasonable’ used in the passage above. It is pronounced log-ik-os.
The words ‘reasonable service’ are handled in a variety of ways for this passage. This is translated in different forms:
ESV – Spiritual worship
NLT – Way to worship
AMP – Rational act of worship
NIV – True and proper worship
Looking up the definition for the word logikos here is what you’ll find.
So, you can see that these translations are attempting to capture the essence of logikos. If we’re to boil this down what we come to is that the giving up of our bodies (living sacrifice) is what would be logically acceptable to God.
How then can we even think there is sufficient wiggle room for us to inject our will over the will of God?
We pad our supplications with phases like, “In Jesus’ name”, “Lord, we want your will to be served”, “To you be the honor and glory”, etc. Do we mean it?
Surrender of our will to Jesus means so much more than muttering a few words in our prayers. Our “reasonable service” is to be that living sacrifice for our Lord. It is inescapable that anything less would have to be defined as an ‘unreasonable service’!
Stop the conforming to the world. Stop giving in to the will of the flesh. Remember, we surrendered that in faith to Jesus when He offered us redemption through His blood.
When we consider our will verse the will of the Lord, often we miss the concept of this. We capture the image of Jesus praying “Not my will but yours” and that is where we take our template for.
Jesus wasn’t saying to the Father, “If you insist on having it that way, okay. I’d much rather be doing this other thing, but I will cave and go along with it.” He wasn’t saying that at all!
Jesus was surrendering to the will of the Father. This is akin to what real repentance represents.
If we truly repent, we don’t merely do something is in conformance to God’s desire. It is the transformation of our desire to be in complete agreement with God’s.
Jesus with these words adopted the will of the Father as His own will. He was seeing beyond that cross and the grave and to the prize which awaited him.
When we surrender our will to the Lord is shouldn’t be the alternative to our own will, instead we should seek to make our will conform to the will of God in Christ Jesus. Make His will ours, not just set our will aside in favor of His.
“be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This renewing of our minds is a profound transformation where we don’t just talk the talk, but we adopt the mindset of God regarding our position.
It is the complete and utter surrender of self to Jesus not because we have to but because we want to.
Surrender takes on a different look when you consider what the scripture outline for us. Transformation of our minds is real and tangible. If we see that transformation it is because we are truly submitting ourselves as that living sacrifice. It’s not giving up, it is giving over to Jesus that which is rightfully His to begin with.
Repentance isn’t caving in to God’s desire, it is the transformation of our desire into a mirror image of His.
Yes, we change course, yes; we turn around, and the reason we do so isn’t because we have given up, our mind has been transformed and we are now doing what God calls us to do because it is what we want to do. Our desire is now transformed into His.
Not my will but thine O’Lord. Better said, I agree completely with your will and I make it my own. “All to Jesus!”
In His Grace,