“Father, let me loose my clutch on everything temporal. My life, my reputation, my possessions. Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Open my hand to receive the nail of Calvary, as Christ was opened. He though of heaven, yea, equality with God, not a thing to be clutched at. So let me release my grasp.”
These past few weeks have been challenging for me. I’ve discovered areas in my life that I cling to with a tight grip. I’ve been challenged to give up some of my own personal desires and learn to take whatever comes. To loose my very life to Christ, sounds so daunting. To trade desires, thoughts, heart, body – EVERYTHING for Jesus and HIM alone. I’ve been discovering just how often I try to take back those things that I give to God and how my flesh resists having a life truly poured out for His glory. No, the road is not easy. There has been quite a few rough spots and even some tears as I’ve found myself once again collapsed at his feet. Its not easy, but it’s oh so good in the end. My heart is joyful to know that every trial and every joy only draws us closer to Him! I can honestly say, “Bring it on Lord! Do whatever it takes to refine this sinful heart and make me like you!” How I do want to be like Him; to speak and act like Christ would, to feed the hungry and minister to those who need Jesus. That’s what my life should be about! Not focused on petty whims and wants but to be kingdom focused. Centered on Christ alone and striving to serve Him with all my strength, soul and mind. Who’s in?