If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Matthew Henry, the famous Bible commentator, lived his whole life in the light of a creed taught to him by his godly father:
I take God the Father to be my God;
I take God the Son to be my Savior;
I take God the Holy Ghost to be my Sanctifier;
I take the Word of God to be my rule;
I take the people of God to be my people;
And I do hereby dedicate and yield my whole self to the Lord:
And I do this deliberately, freely, and forever. Amen.
Notice especially the words, “I do hereby dedicate and yield my whole self to the Lord.” We often use the term surrender for this, and one of our great hymns says, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” The Lord cannot bless what isn’t yielded to Him, and He will not use what isn’t offered to Him. Have you given Him your all?
All to Jesus I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine. Judson W. Van DeVenter