As I ponder my last post, I want to express to you that I am nobody. Please, as you read my words on surrender and choosing “here”, do not put me on a pedestal. I don’t belong there. I am just a normal average girl that struggles the same as every other girl. Maybe more.
Don’t think for one second that my sacrifice is any harder than yours. It’s not.
Jim Elliot said it best, “Missionaries are very human folks just doing what they’re asked. Simply a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody.“
And since I view every Christian believer as a missionary, wherever they happen to live, we are just a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt our beloved Somebody, aren’t we?
The truth is, we all, each one of us, if we are living a life surrendered to His will, have our own crosses to bear. Our own sacrifices to make. They all look different, but they all feel very much the same. And most of those sacrifices, no matter where we live on the globe are mostly made up of those small moments woven in and throughout our days.
“Surrender is usually dying to self on a daily basis and most often found in the mundane.” Jennie Allen, Anything
Following the Lord and doing what He asks of you isn’t always easy. It is a long obedience, one of many mundane moments. It isn’t all lights and fame and excitement. It’s a lot of little moments of choosing to live for the unseen. Moments that can be downright difficult. But ones that can be equally beautiful.
Someone asked me, “What does a life of sacrifice look like? What exactly does living in surrender mean?”
I think a life of surrender means being so in love with our Savior that we willingly fling up our hands and tell Him we are willing to do whatever He asks of us, no matter what that means. And, doing it every day, again and again.
“Therefore I urge your brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
Offering the life He has given us back to Him, to be used however He wishes. Even if that means small things. Things like making your husband’s favorite dinner, or chatting with the lady in line in front of you at the grocery store, or rubbing your son’s back when you are so tired and all you can think about is crawling into bed.
It means starting out each day with the precious Savior with open hands and saying, How can I serve You today?
It means living with Heaven in view and being about kingdom work, even in the midst of car repairs, haircuts, and Little League. It’s seeing your life and the people in it through HIS eyes. And using the gifts he has given you, “your thing”, to serve as you look towards Heaven.
“What if heaven and God and forever became our normal? Wouldn’t that change everything?”- Jennie Allen, Anything
It is being willing, because of love, to pray this prayer of Betty Scott Stam,
“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Your Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt, work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.”
And trusting Him with the outcome.
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