A Help to Self-Dedication

“I the Lord, will make an everlasting covenant with you” (Isaiah 5:3).

“One shall say, I am the Lord’s, and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord” (Isaiah 44:5).

Lord God of Hosts, You entered into covenant with Abraham, as he waited beside the sacrifices which he had prepared (Genesis 15:18), and You are now graciously waiting beside Jesus, the sacrifice which You have prepared, in order that sinners may come and enter into covenant with You (2 Corinthians 5:19). Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in Your sight, and I am no more worthy to be called Your child; but You, in Your rich mercy, are willing to receive me, and I, through Your grace, am willing to be Yours. I lay all my sin (Isaiah 53:6) — the sin of my nature (Psalm 51:5), the sin of my heart (Jeremiah 17:19), the sin of my life (Job 33:27), the sin of my lips (Isaiah 6:5), my secret sins (Psalm 139:3) — I lay all my sins, and iniquities, and unrighteousness, and transgressions, upon Jesus, the Lamb of God; and, cleansed by His blood, and made acceptable in his righteousness (Ephesians 1:6, 7), I desire now to give myself to You (2 Corinthians 8:5) in an everlasting covenant, never to be broken (Jeremiah 32:40).

I am not my own, I am Yours (1 Corinthians 6:19). My heart is not my own, it is Yours; I will endeavor to keep it for You, and to make it Bethel, a temple for the Holy Ghost (2 Corinthians 6:16). My thoughts are not my own, they are Yours; I will cultivate godly and heavenly meditations (Psalm 1:2 and 63:6). My words are not my own, they are Yours; I will avoid all idle, unprofitable, boastful, flattering, uncharitable discourse (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8-9); and I will seek to have my conversation always savoring of Christ and heaven (Deuteronomy 6:7; Mathew 12:34-37; Colossians 3:16). My eyes are not my own, they are Yours; I will withhold them from looking upon sin and vanity (Habakkuk 1:13). My wealth is not my own, it is Yours; I am only Your steward; I will therefore lay it out prudently and faithfully for You, avoiding all unnecessary expense upon myself (Deuteronomy 24:19-21; Job 29:12-13; Proverbs 3:9, 10; Matthew 25:5, 36; Luke 21:2, 8, 4). My time is not my own, it is Yours; I will employ it for You, doing all I do as unto the Lord, striving each day to grow in grace and in knowledge, and to make myself useful to my fellow-men; I will redeem my time from too long or needless visits, idle imaginations, fruitless discourse, unnecessary sleep, and more than needful care about my worldly affairs (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5). I desire to commit all I have to You; my friends, my family, my health, my business, my esteem in the world. I am willing to receive what You give, to lack what You withhold, to relinquish that You take, to suffer what You inflict, to be what You require!, and to do what You command.

Lord God of Hosts. I desire to deliberately, cheerfully, and with full purpose of heart, thus to surrender myself wholly and forever to You; I feel that this is my duty, my interest, my privilege, my glory; — I believe that You will receive what I thus give (2 Corinthians 6:17); I believe that You will keep what I have thus committed to You (2 Timothy 1:12); — I will trust in You for temporal provision (Psalm 23:1); I will trust in You for support under daily cares and labors (Isaiah 26:3); I will trust in You for pardon of daily sins (Ezekiel 36:25); I will trust in You for growth and fruitfulness (Hosea 12:5); I will trust to You for strength in the hour of death (Isaiah 43:2). If I sin, may I grieve without despair; if I walk uprightly, may I rejoice without pride.

Lord Jesus, I take You for my Prophet, my Priest, my King, my Life, my Light, my Rest, my Joy, my Glory, my All in All.

Spirit of Adoption, that proceeds from the Father and the Son, I desire to receive You into my soul, that You may abide with me. Convince me of sin, convince me of judgment, guide me into all truth; take of the things of Christ and show them to me; be as the dew and the rain of heaven to my soul, causing the Word of Life to take root and grow, and bear the fruits of peace, joy, love, gentleness; enable me to mortify the flesh with its affections and lusts — when the enemy comes in like a flood, lift up a standard against him; be in me as a well of living water — be in me as the earnest of the inheritance, as the first-fruits of heaven — sealing me unto the day of redemption. Holy and blessed Spirit, help me to distinguish between Your voice and the voice of the evil one — between Your suggestions and the impulses of the flesh — between Your leadings the stubbornness of my own heart. I will labor not to resist, nor grieve, nor dishonor, nor quench You; but, with a humble, broken, mortified, self-denying spirit, will endeavor to fall in with You in all things, and to think, and speak, and act in You.

-John Milne, The Life of John Milne by Horatius Bonar, Banner of Truth Trust, 452-454.
(Language updated by Erik Martin)

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