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While singing a song about surrendering all to God and withholding nothing, a thought crossed my mind that made me uncomfortable. What am I withholding? What parts of me am I not yielding to Him?
The first thought that popped up to answer was: Am I holding back the way I feel about myself?
What won’t I release into His hands, and more importantly, why won’t I release it? It’s really not that I can’t let go, but for some reason I choose not to, as if what I cling to is safer with me than with Him Who knows all.
He wants all of me.
My hopes, my accomplishments, my past, my present and my future; any shame or worry, all my fears and my talents, my time, my disappointments, my thoughts; my children, my finances, my worries, my dreams, my insecurities, my boastings, my secrets, the unforgiveness I harbor, my joys, my struggles – He wants it all.
He nailed my shame to the cross on Calvary, along with my sins and my shortcomings.
He can teach me through both my accomplishments and failures and He can put them in a place where they can’t distract me anymore.
What can I possibly hang on to, thinking it’s better off in my hands than His?
Don’t I truly trust Him?
I can find plenty of scripture instructing me to surrender everything to God.
Yet, with trepidation, I admit to holding back, to looking past the things I hold on to, even while singing about surrendering all…
Sometimes we don’t see things in black and white, good or bad; we see gray areas, places we don’t want to look at closely and make a commitment.
This morning our pastor asked and answered, “How do you see (with your spiritual eyes)? You’ve got to have Light!”
So, it’s back to the Word I go. His Word is Light. I need revelation and I’m thinking I’ll need some courage to go with it.
It’s a new year, with new opportunities to take a fresh look at what challenges us and where we’re going.
What are some of the things you hold back? Why? Can we commit together to seek Him through His Word, and surrender all that we are to Him?
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” – Genesis 1:3 (NIV)