A few years ago I was rearranging my home office, (I had just bought a new storage unit) and so I had to move a bookshelf and as I began to take
the books off the shelves, when God brought to my attention a little book....it is a really small book (easy to miss) but God had it that I would "stumble" upon this little book by Andrew Murray..(One of my favorite authors) and the book is called Absolute Surrender. This is an email I sent to a dear friend of mine and, wanted to pass it to you guys! It’s basically an excerpt of that little book and is a powerful reminder of how we need to surrender our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, every moment of everyday!! Hope it blesses you.
The book starts this way;
1 Kings 20:1-4
Now Ben-Hadad the king of Syria gathered all his forces together; thirty-two kings were with him, with horses and chariots. And he went up and
besieged Samaria, and made war against it. Then he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, and said to him, "Thus says Ben-Hadad:
'Your silver and your gold are mine; your loveliest wives and children are mine.' "And the king of Israel answered and said, "My lord, O king, just as you say, I and all that I have are yours."
What Ben Hadad asked was absolute surrender; and what Ahab gave was what was asked of him -Absolute surrender. I want to use these words; "My lord, O King, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have, " as the words of absolute surrender with which every child of God ought to yield himself to his Father. We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely - the condition of God's blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. Praise God! If our hearts are willing for that, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessing God will bestow. Absolute surrender to God is the one thing
And here's how the book finishes:
"Let your surrender to Christ be absolute. I do not understand that word surrender fully; it gets new meanings every now and then; it enlarges
immensely from time to time. But I advise you to speak it out; Absolute surrender to Thee, O Christ, is what I have chosen." And Christ will show
you what is not according to His mind, and lead you on to deeper and higher blessedness.
In Conclusion let me gather up all in one sentence. Christ Jesus said: "I am the vine, ye are the branches." In other words: "I, the living One who
have so completely given myself to you, am the vine. You cannot trust me too much. I am the Almighty Worker, full of divine life and power. " You are the branches of the Lord Jesus Christ. If there is in your heart the consciousness that you are not a strong, healthy, fruit bearing branch, not
closely linked with Jesus, not living in Him as you should be - then listen to Him say: "I am the vine, I will receive ...