Go Tell It on the Mountain: Day 12

I Surrender All


Today's Text: 2 Chronicles 30:6-9, Psalm 116:12-19, Matthew 16:24-28,  Acts 21:10-14, Romans 12:1-2, Titus 2:11-14

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 30:6-9, Psalm 116:12-19, Matthew 16:24-28,  Acts 21:10-14, Romans 12:1-2, Titus 2:11-14

Though he’d grown up a simple Michigan farm boy, Judson Van DeVenter always loved the arts, especially painting and music. He eventually pursued his artistic dreams at the collegiate level, and after graduation moved to Pennsylvania, where he immediately took up a position as an art teacher.

As a young adult he was able to venture out on a tour of some of Europe’s finest galleries, taking in great masterpieces and refining his own painterly skills. Some said he had the makings of a truly exceptional artist, poised to take his place among the greats.

Judson had been a devout believer since his youth, and as an adult, he became active in the music ministry at his church. Though he’d always loved being an artist, the tug of ministry life proved a real struggle for him. God had all along been wooing him to full-time ministry, and it seemed that his hope of a life of artistic influence would have to go. After years of struggle, Judson knelt in prayer, saying, “I surrender all to Thee.”19 Years later, he penned the hymn inspired by this pivotal moment of calling.

From this patient life of submission, God brought forth much fruit—not only through the impact of this famous American hymn, but also through Judson’s ongoing service at Florida Bible Institute, where a young Billy Graham was inspired by Judson’s ministry.

As in Judson’s life, the gentle moving of God’s Spirit often works by ordinary means to affect in us extraordinary surrender. May our hearts, quickened by His Spirit, be conformed to His likeness, molded by His love, and enlivened by His power, that we may rest on nothing of our own, but surrender all to Him.

I Surrender All
by Judson W. Van DeVenter

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

I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make my, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy 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 blessing fall on me.


Caleb Faires draws and writes at a table he built from poplar boards. He loves to build and create. Blank paper is an invitation for lines and beauty. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and five children. See what he’s up to at calebfaires.com.

Petersen, Randy. Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories Behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2014.

  • I love these artslcei. How many words can a wordsmith smith?

  • Mackenzie

    i’ve recently gotten out of a relationship bc we weren’t doing things Gods way. we have both truly surrendered all aspects in our lives to Him. He is in control of everything and He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly of what we ask and think. ill admit i’m afraid of the future without my boyfriend, i just have to trust this is what God wants right now and believe that He wants the best for me

  • GramsieSue

    Surrendering all to Jesus…it sounds difficult and painful. But what a blessing to completely surrender all to Him,to let Him carry our burdens, to let Him be in control, to let Him guide our steps. And how many times have I given Him something only to take it back? And how many times have I held tightly to something with hands clenched around it, afraid to let go? I’m examining my heart this morning asking God to show me areas I haven’t surrendered…and it hurts. I need to surrender the pain inflicted by a relative and forgive and let go…and I can only do this with His strength. It only continues to fester inside me if I hold onto it so yes, Lord, I surrender this to you; I don’t want to carry it anymore–take it and free me from this burden. As I continue to search my heart I realize there’s a big one I am clinging to, and I’ve held this so long, and I’m really scared to let go. What if I let go and I open myself to more pain? This woman knows how to hurt me. But oh my, what if He takes the pain away? How can I hold on? I can’t! Yes, Lord, I surrender this as well! Take it and let me be free of it! Give me freedom in knowing You love me and want only the best for me!

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

    • Chris

      Do you live in Colorado?

    • Teresa H

      Thank you Sue for sharing something so personal…for trusting our SRT community. I’ve only been here for about a month but have found so much from everyone sharing honestly. I now will be searching…not far or long I’m sure…to find those things that I hold so tight. Those things that scare me so badly..the things that I’ve pushed down and tried to hide and pretend they don’t exist because they are too scary or too hurtful to address..even with Jesus. What a huge mistake!! I don’t have to hide them from Jesus for He sees all. I merely need to ask Him for help…to help me release them..to give them up to my savior. Why would I not? He loves ME! He will never leave me hanging. If He is my everything…why won’t I give it up and ask Him to help me?? Thank you Sue for showing me through your openness… That its time to let go and surrender ALL to my Jesus! I will pray that He helps you through this, every step of the way. We already know He will…so I will pray for strength and comfort for you as you walk through this amazingly hard step…to ultimately reach a closer relationship with Him through transparency and trust! God’s blessings to you.

  • Ladies, would you be in prayer for me? I’m applying for jobs in education as I just received my teaching credential. I had a rough experience during my program and almost have a fear of entering into the classroom again. Would you pray for peace? Would you also pray that the Lord would lead me to a job that would either give me a love for the classroom or show that I can use the skills I have learned in the classroom in the business world?

    • Laura

      Jess…praying for you. I’ve been a teacher for 17 years, and I can certainly understand the heart that’s both for education AND tentative of it, too – it can be SO overwhelming. I will say my job got increasingly less stressful when I learned to measure my “successful days” against two criteria: did I challenge my kids and did I cheerlead them? That obviously doesn’t mean that the curriculum doesn’t matter (it does). But…but…we are so often getting evaluated on IMPOSSIBLE standards, and that can make us feel like we didn’t measure up. Bottom line: we measure up just fine, but you might not SEE evidence of that on a piece of evaluative paper. LOVING and LEADING – that’s what they need the most of anyway. Praying that your heart will find it’s place where it can be FREE to be what it was created to be, and if that’s in the classroom then many will be BLESSED by your influence.

      • Chris

        I underline everything Laura said!! I taught high school 32 years! Felt like my most important role was cheerleader!! Set “great expectations! And high standards” then lovingly cheer them on!! Greatest job on earth– next to current job at local Pregnancy help center!!

  • Meredith Lea

    Yep this is what I needed. We are walking through a autism diagnosis with my 2 year old daughter. It’s been a long road this last year filled with deep denial and reluctant acceptance. I surrender to God because if I keep going at this pace I won’t last.

    • Tina

      Dear Meredith, thinking of you and yours and holding you up in prayer… this is an uncertain journey,….
      But God…
      He and He alone can bring you the peace, the wisdom, the understanding, the love and grace and more needed to walk this journey… you are never alone, surrendering to Him who knows, is a good first step…
      Praying you feel His presence right now dear Sister….
      Will continue to hold your family up to the Lord God in prayer…
      Sending a love wrapped hug filled with prayers of peace and grace… xxxx

  • At Peace

    I agree with Kelly. I wish it was a one and done, but it is a daily practice. This morning as I walked I was humming ‘I Surrender All’ and pondering what I need to surrender today. As I listed each one another favorite song came to mind. ‘I’d Rather Have Jesus’ was my reply to each thing I was surrendering. Yes, some are hard to surrender and I don’t really want to, but I’d rather have Jesus. I thank God each morning for each of you sweet sisters. You are such an inspiration to me.

  • Tochi Heredia

    I have noticed that surrender takes different forms depending where you are in life.
    For a while I have struggled with being trapped inside my mind. It feels as if it’s taken me captive and there’s nothing I can do but sit back and wait. But last night, watching the newest Christopher Nolan movie –a WW2 epic– made me realize that surrender can also look like fighting. To let go of oneself and become a living sacrifice isn’t a passive thing, to pursue a godly life and await the fulfilment of our faith patiently requires effort on our part because it’s so much different then our sinful individual will.

    I have let myself become an spectator of my own life. Busying myself with worthless things, to avoid feeling pain and looking at my inability to obtain what I truly need.
    I am encouraged today to rest on nothing of my own, “to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” (Titus 2:12), to fight for my soul.

    Father, make my, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel Thy Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine.

  • Ty! I needed just what you shared today…our Lord loves our children even more than we do! It is so hard to fathom that! It makes me want to release the burdens to Him every time…but I don’t! As I age I do more and more quickly each time…I do surrender all Lord!

  • Caroline

    I could talk about the importance of surrender all day. It all begins at surrender including the fruit that repair
    We bear

    I surrender all Lord!


  • jenn in GA

    the version of this hymn that i grew up singing has another verse: “all to Jesus i surrender, humbly at His feet i bow. worldly pleasures all forsaken, take me Jesus, take me now.” i’ve never liked this hymn because it seemed a coercive tool instead of a prayer offering.

    last week at church, we sang a song which incorporated a version of this verse into the song. as i was singing the lyric “earthly treasures all forsaken,” the Spirit whispered to me the name of our only son, now grown and living 16 hrs away with his wife. He said, “He’s your earthly treasure.” i knew what He was asking: would i surrender him? i was able to say “yes,” and felt a release and relief i hadn’t in months.

    if you are struggling to surrender all, listen for the Spirit’s voice. He will gently invite you.

    here’s the song i referred to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW0t3Dpn4MQ

  • Ladies, please keep my Bible study teacher in your prayers. Her eldest son and her sister are both in the hospital. May she surrender all to Thee and be filled with the peace which comes from surrendering.
    Please pray for my neighbor too. She’s expecting a little one soon.
    Many thanks Ladies. May God bless you today and everyday.

    • churchmouse

      Added them to my prayers. Thank you for the opportunity to intercede on their behalf.

  • Elisabeth7291

    But whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What in our lives would we not surrender knowing that God will not call us to something that will not bring us closer to His better life? Sisters, I am feeling called to surrender something I’m having a hard time giving up. Pray for me – that I’d have clarity and strength.

    On another note, I have so enjoyed these old hymns. TY SRT.

  • Gema Muniz

    Amen! I surrender all to God, for he is the only one who can take our brokenness and make it whole. I surrender to God my family, my marriage, my unborn child, my finances, my life. Only he can take each one of these areas and use it not only to bless my life, but others. Thank you God for your everlasting love and for your promises that never return empty. God bless you all sisters.

  • churchmouse

    Return to the Lord…
    Don’t be like…
    Don’t become obstinate…
    Give your allegiance to the Lord…
    Serve the Lord your God…
    How can I repay the Lord?
    I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving…
    “If anyone wants to follow Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross…”
    We said no more except “Thy will be done…”
    Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…
    Do not be conformed to this age…
    Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
    Deny godlessness and worldly lusts…
    Live in a sensible, righteous and Godly way in the present age…
    Wait for the blessed hope…
    Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…

    All to Jesus, I surrender. I surrender all.
    Just. Give. Me. Jesus.

  • This is a Happy Friday for me…! Yay!
    This hymn right here is my daily anthem…
    This is my all time favourite hymn! My go to, or should I day, comes to mind…

    Often, which means most days, I lay my woes, worries, not so goods at the cross.. I give them to God, with the left hand and… take them back with the right… So most days, I can be heard singing this great hymn loudly, if I seriously need to let go and let God, or gently, when I’m holding on loosely enough to know Gods got this, yet itching to see results…
    Surrendering… is a fight in itself, let alone ALL, and yet letting go and letting God is ALWAYS ALWAYS the best thing to do…
    Surrendering my day and all it will bring to Him who has a plan and a purpose for my life, that is immeasurably far better than whatever I could plan for my life…
    Giving it ALL to you Lord God…

    I surrender all, I surrender all;
    All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender ALL..
    No holding back!

    Love and hugs dear Sisters, with prayers for a super God blessed day for you all..xxx

    • churchmouse

      Oh yes dear Tina! Surrendering each day and bringing His kingdom focus in to each one. Such peace. Even… Thankful as always for your words of encouragement, dear friend across the pond. I tip my cup to you in appreciation!

    • Kelly R Smith

      I wish surrender were a one-and-done event. We could circle the date on our calendar and say, “This is the day I let Jesus take over forever.” But like my young son who elbows his way to the front of the line, we push and shove to have our own way. Surrender is such a daily thing, and hymns like this one help set our hearts right again.

      • churchmouse

        So true!

      • Emily B.

        I agree! Surrendering is such a learning process, and it can be hard. I’m always thankful that God never loses patience with us and is good to remind us that we need to surrender to Him.

    • Tochi Heredia

      Wow, Tina! I always look for your comments, they’re a great encouragement!
      Thank you for pouring out your heart with such vulnerability.
      “I give them to God, with the left hand and… take them back with the right”. This confrontef me with my selfish, clingy habits to earthy things.
      Happy Friday, lots of love to you!

    • Karen From Virginia

      Beautiful truth!

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