“I wanna be a new man
and set aside my old skin
cause as hard as I’ve been trying
I can stop wounding Yours
I wanna be a slave and
surrender all my dreams then
forget I ever had them
and live inside of Yours
I want to be forgotten
and be fully eclipsed in
just the gospel and its sweetness
that and nothing more
I wanna be a dead man
just a body You can live in
I wanna be Your prized possession
that and nothing more”
These are the lyrics of a 1 minute and 43-second song. It’s a very short song, but the lyrics get me every time.
Should this not be the cry of a regenerated sinner’s heart? Have they seen what Christ bore for them? How He refused the poison offered to Him and suffered for our sin in complete consciousness, feeling all the pain, enduring all the shame, experiencing all the darkness and bearing all the wrath?
Should not our hearts cry out?
“Lord, make me thine indeed!”
“Make me your slave!”
“Oh dear Christ, take all!”
Now and then, I get a glimpse of how being His slave can be the most glorious and joyful way to live out my remaining days here on earth. What else or who else is worth my whole life?
Why do I not gladly give Him my hands, my feet, my eyes, my heart, my womb, my mind, my strength, my affection, my dreams, my love, my hope, my living, and my dying?
Nothing less than all.
He is a good master. He is tender. He corrects and disciplines. He rules with loving authority. He is patient. He is kind. He is holy.
Oh, I am not perfect in letting Him have all. It’s a daily struggle. It’s a fight against the flesh. It’s a laying down one’s life afresh every day.
But the more I learn of Him, the easier it is to let Him have all.
How thankful I am that it is God that works in me to will and to do His good pleasure! For without Christ, I utterly fail.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jesus praying)
“F. A. I. T. H.
As children in England, we used to say: Forsaking All I Take Him.
Are we sorry for grieving the heart of God, for denying God the right to own our personality, to own our mind, to own our thoughts, to own our emotions? If not, we’re robbing God.”