Reflections on the 2016 Holiness Institute for Soldiers
Thou Canst Have All of Me…
All My Words…
All of My Thoughts…
All of My Money
By Your Grace, I Surrender All
I sat in my chair for a long time fighting with the Lord. As so many of those around me made their way to the altar to sign their Holiness Covenants, I found myself battling the convicting, sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul instructed the Christians at Thessolonica to be sanctified “through and through.” (1 Thes 5:23). Just as we believe that man, in his sinful state, is totally depraved (sin affecting every part of his life), we believe that every area of the believer’s life must be touched by the Spirit’s power. Such was the covenant that all those in the room were making. But honestly, there were parts of my life that I didn’t want to surrender. There were rooms of my heart, which thus far, I had fought to keep Christ out of.
My ambitions have held a stronghold in my life. There are so many things I want to do, and I have worked so hard to put myself on track to obtain those goals. Now, the gentle, but relentless Spirit of God was challenging me to relinquish control. I knew that my relationship with God could not be right unless I was willing to let God sanctify every part of my life. “Okay God,” I thought, “If this is what it means to follow You, I’m in.”
Instantaneously, the Holy Spirit began to reveal area after area of my life where He desired to work. Time seemed to slow down as I wrestled over every matter. Fearfully, I wondered if I could truly be sanctified in every part of my life. God’s words to Paul echoed in my heart, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).
Suddenly moved in my spirit by an overwhelming love for Christ, I found myself cautiously, but reverently breathing the words, “Thou Canst Have All of Me.”
Suddenly moved in my spirit by an overwhelming love for Christ, I found myself cautiously, but reverently breathing the words, “Thou Canst Have All of Me.” The sweet paradox of Christianity is that there is sweet joy in surrender. In this moment of crisis my heart had been overwhelmed with joy in Christ!
Christ calls each of us to total holiness, thorough sanctification. He calls us to holiness because He is holy (1 Pet. 1:16). However, Christ is also perfect joy, and as we submit our entire selves to Him (even our ambitions), we too may experience this joy!