(See also: Consecration; Submission; Zeal)

The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.

William Booth

Oh, how greatly has the man advanced who has learned not to be his own, not to be governed by his own reason, but to surrender his mind to God!

John Calvin

To be another than I am, I must abandon that I am.


God doesn't want our success; he wants us. He doesn't demand our achievements; he demands our obedience.

Charles Colson

A life abandoned to Christ cannot be cut short.

Sherwood Day

My Saviour, I am thine, By everlasting bands; My name, my heart, I would resign; My soul is in thy hands.

Philip Doddridge

I have this day been before God and have given myself—all that I have and am—to God; so that I am in no respect my own. I have given myself clean away.

Jonathan Edwards

It is when God appears to have abandoned us that we must abandon ourselves most wholly to God.

François Fenelon

Self, service, substance is the divine order, and nothing counts until we give ourselves.

Vance Havner

(God) cannot bless us until he has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, he claims all. There's no bargaining with him.

C. S. Lewis

It is not so much of our time and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all of our time and all our attention: it is ourselves.

C. S. Lewis

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.

David Livingstone

Before we can pray, 'Thy kingdom come', we must be willing to pray, 'My kingdom go'.

Alan Redpath

Christianity is the total commitment of all I know of me to all I know of Jesus Christ.

William Temple

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts

If so poor a worm as I
May to thy great glory live;
All my actions sanctify,
All my words and thoughts receive.
Claim me for thy service, claim
All I have and all I am.

Charles Wesley