November 13, 2007 (exactly eleven years ago today)
Lord Jesus, it was written of you in the book of Hebrews that You are ‘the radiance of the Father’s glory, the exact representation of His nature’. Heb. 1:3 So I guess I could say that you are the mirror image of the Father. How incredibly awesome is that!
But You say that You want us to be a mirror image of You. I feel so inadequate! I want to and yet how often I stumble. Will I ever be able to be a reflection of You, Jesus?
I heard the Lord reply, ‘No, you won’t; you’re not able but I am. It is My life within you that will make you a reflection of Who I am. Do not take on a responsibility you are incapable of fulfilling. Just take Me and let Me do it in you.’
Lord, I’ve given myself to You a hundred times – maybe a thousand times over the years – and I still get frustrated when I want to be like You and I fail.
Jesus: ‘Did you listen to yourself? Did you hear what you just said? It is not by your effort; it’s by your surrender that you become like Me. Surrender means to stop resisting, to yield, to give in, to cave in, to back down. To surrender to Me is a moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day habit of yielding to what My Spirit says to you and what My Word teaches you. It’s actually simple on the one hand and extremely demanding on the other. The principle is simple; but to live it consistently is where the challenge lies.
I realized as I pondered what the Lord said that the key to living a surrendered life is learning to hear the voice of the Spirit within. I can’t submit if I don’t hear the instruction. I can’t yield if I don’t hear the warning.
Lord, I cry out to You for the ear of a disciple. My mind talks too much; it never stops. It’s as if I have this ‘radio’ on within me, always ‘broadcasting’ thoughts, ideas, feelings, opinions. How do I turn it off so I can be quiet in Your presence and hear what You say to me?
Yes, Lord. I heard that. The more I spend time in Your Word, the more my mind will come under discipline. Thank you, Jesus. Grant me grace to be faithful.
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