Yes, it has its foundation in the very nature of God. God cannot do otherwise. Who is
God? He is the Fountain of life, the only Source of existence and power and goodness, and
throughout the universe there is nothing good but what God works. God has created the
sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they
not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what
He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered,
given over to God as He works in its beauty? And God’s redeemed children, oh, can you
think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered? God
cannot do it. God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God
delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but ah!
this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes,
and as God, He claims it.
You know in daily life what absolute surrender is. You know that everything has to be
given up to its special, definite object and service. I have a pen in my pocket, and that pen
is absolutely surrendered to the one work of writing, and that pen must be absolutely surrendered
to my hand if I am to write properly with it. If another holds it partly, I cannot
write properly. This coat is absolutely given up to me to cover my body. This building is
entirely given up to religious services. And now, do you expect that in your immortal being,
in the divine nature that you have received by regeneration, God can work His work, every
day and every hour, unless you are entirely given up to Him? God cannot. The Temple of
Solomon was absolutely surrendered to God when it was dedicated to Him. And every one
of us is a temple of God, in which God will dwell and work mightily on one condition—absolute
surrender to Him. God claims it, God is worthy of it, and without it God cannot work
His blessed work in us.
God not only claims it, but God will work it Himself.