Practical Surrender

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Philippians 4:4-9

Think about these things. (v. 8)

It’s all well and good to sing “I surrender all.” But how do we actually do this? Over
the next few days we will be focusing on what total surrender to Christ looks like in our
everyday lives.

Let’s start with what it means to surrender our minds. There are many examples
throughout the Bible of what this involves. Philippians 4:8 outlines for us things to
focus our minds on: whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable,
excellent, or worthy of praise. Similarly, Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds “on
things that are above.” The writer John Gill has said that unless our affections and
thoughts are set on things above, those things “will never be sought after in a proper

In order to set our minds on things above and take “every thought captive to Christ
(cf. 2 Cor. 10:5) we must do two things. Positively, we must fill our minds with his Word.
Meditating on Scripture and memorizing it is part of surrendering our minds to the Lord.
Negatively, we must also carefully guard what we let into our minds.

What we spend most of our time watching, reading, listening to, and thinking about
influences our actions, choices, and words. This is why surrendering our minds to Christ
is essential in order to follow him with all our hearts.


Father, may we set our minds on things above.