Such a big word with so many layers. In 1971, when I first “heard” that Jesus loves me, I would have confidently answered “YES” if asked was I surrendered. Boldly I could stand with arms lifted high and sing “I surrender all” and with my whole heart mean it.

As the years unfold God gently reveals to me unsurrendered places I have safely hidden away. I struggle to release each and every stronghold he brings to light. It’s been a lifelong process that has taught me; I’m never fully surrendered.

This year the gift Jesus has given me is the awareness that by coming to earth He was committing Himself to a life of complete surrender.  He began as a helpless infant entrusting Himself to the care of Joseph and Mary.  He trusted that they would not drop Him. His days spent here on earth were an example to us of total surrender to a loving heavenly Father.

Jesus is the only person ever born that can honestly sing that song.  When I hear it now, I close my eyes and picture Him hanging with arms open wide singing “I surrender all” but I don’t sing along. That honor goes to Him alone.

He paid a debt He did not owe

I owed a debt I could not pay

I needed someone to wash my sins away

And now I sing a brand new song Amazing Grace

Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay!