Keeping with the Lenten theme, "My Utmost for His Highest"
had a reflection yesterday entitled "The Relinquished Life."
One thing that we are called to do during Lent is to relinquish all we hold dear, to relinquish our SIN, in a desire to be closer to and fulfill the Lord's calling. God wants us to hate sin as much as He hates sin; and during Lent we strive to relinquish all those things that we know are bad for us, that limit our relationship with God. Chambers addresses that struggle in the following way:
"There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.
If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you. " The Relinquished Life, March 8th
As we do our weekly Lenten checks, we ask ourselves if we are relinquishing our life to Him, or holding on to those things that would keep us from TRULY being close to God because we are afraid of what we will see. Relinquishment is painful, but anything worth having usually is.
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