Surrender to Jesus, Seeking First His Kingdom

Anything that consumes us more than Jesus is a god that we set in His place. A couple weeks ago, God used my good friend Jane to reveal that I was pursuing her more than Him and that I needed to surrender her to the Lord. So, in obedience and worship of Jesus, I released my unhealthy grip on this relationship, trusting God for the outcome. My life is fully committed to follow Jesus, and I am amazed at how He continues to draw me to Himself, revealing more of His love. Surrendering my desires does not come easily, but God has His way by the power of His Spirit.

What is keeping you from pursuing Jesus more than anything else in your life? He alone is worthy of our utmost attention. There is so much that I tend to focus on and can be anxious about: the things of life that I desire to plan for and to engineer solutions to…everything from meals to clothing to relationships to future life plans. But Jesus says “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

This season is an amazing time to seek Jesus and His kingdom. I have been tremendously blessed by working at Engineering Ministries International and through the church body in which God planted me. Both of these places have encouraged me to walk in my gifting from the Lord. I am excited about the upcoming ministry opportunities: first in Sierra Leone with an EMI team and then in the Philippines with the Freedom Church team. Please join me in prayer throughout the coming weeks for Jesus to be made known and for God’s kingdom to come through these two trips. Pray for God’s provision of an architect, structural engineer, and surveyor for the Sierra Leone project.

YHWH, Jehovah, have Your way for Your glory! Let me be wholly surrendered to what You desire to do in and through me.

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 blessèd Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the 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.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

– Jud­son W. Van De­Vent­er (1896)

1 Comment on Surrender to Jesus, Seeking First His Kingdom

  1. Hey John,

    I’m happy to hear that you are following God’s call, but I understand the difficulty of releasing personal desires to God. I will be praying for you in this time of challenge and growth.


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