In 1865 Elvina Hall wrote one of the most recognized hymns, “Jesus Paid It All.” Unknown to Hall, her choir director Thomas Grape wrote a song, “All To Christ I Owe.” Their pastor Reverend George Schreck connected the two of them; “Jesus Paid It All,” is Elvina Hall’s words and Thomas Grapes music.
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Jesus paid it all. He who knew no sin became sin for us. Jesus took my sin upon His body so that I may be set free from the penalty of death. What do we owe to Him? We owe Him everything. God gave us everything we have, including freedom from Sin, but He has also given us everything we own and possess (time, talent, money, etc.). The reason God has given us everything we own is to build His Kingdom and grow us and stretch us spiritually.
What do we owe God? We owe Him our time, money, possessions, heart, etc. We owe God everything, not just 10% but everything we are and have.
We give to others and steward our resources to show that we are indeed living out the fact that we owe everything, including our lives, to the One who gave His life for us.
Romans 12:1 states “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
Paul is urging and pleading with all people to give their whole lives to God by stating, “Your Bodies.” God in His compassion gave His son Jesus for us, so we need to give Him our lives unto His service.
Romans 6:13 states “Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.
So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”
“The word ‘bodies,’ mindful of the Old Testament sacrifices, represents the totality of one’s life and activities, of which his body is the vehicle of expression.
In contrast with Old Testament sacrifices, this is a “living” sacrifice. Such an offering is holy (set apart) and pleasing to God. Furthermore, this is an act of spiritual worship.
A believer’s offering of his total life as a sacrifice to God is therefore sacred service. In the light of Paul’s closely reasoned and finely argued exposition of the mercies of God in Romans 1-11, such an offering is obviously a desirable response for believers” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament).
We owe God a life that is a living sacrifice. We do this through our tithes, offerings, gifts, time, talents, possessions, etc. God does not just want half of our lives; He wants us to devote ourselves fully to Him.
The call to a Christian is to be ALL IN. We owe everything to Jesus for what He has done for us. Be all in in your service to Christ, be all in serving your church, be all in serving your community for Christ, give to others, turn from sin, love your neighbor, be filled with the Holy Spirit, share the gospel to the nations, and build God’s Kingdom.
Imagine what this world would look like if we gave our all? We owe Jesus our all!