“…nevertheless not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Recently I was asked, “What has it cost you to grow as a Christian?”
I thought for a few moments, taking a quick trip back down the highway of life remembering and reminiscing, seeing again a multitude of places, fog-filled valleys of decision. Valleys that at the time were fraught with painful struggles and unending what if reasoning. The question hung in the air, but it didn’t take too long before I realized I had to respond with ‘my will’.
Many times I just simply wanted my own way! I have journeyed enough now to realize how many times the Lord has saved me from having my own way. I wasn’t really struggling with having to make important decisions; I was struggling with letting go and allowing God to be God!
Oswald Chambers writes about spiritual growth in these words, “Spiritual reality is what is wanted. ‘I surrender all’–and you feel as if you did, that is the awkward thing. The point is whether, as God engineers your circumstances you find that you really have surrendered. Immediately you do surrender, you are made so much one with your Lord that the thought of what it cost never enters any more.”
Receiving the life of Christ into your heart is the story of redeeming Grace…living in His heart is the process of self-denial—the perpetual yielding your heart to open to His Light until you say…not my will but thine be done.
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For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations. To visit her website, click here.