Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Surrender; An Acceptable Offering - Part 3

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said of a truth, I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all. For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God; but she of her punury hath cast in all the living that she had.
At times when reading biographies, or hearing of the ways men and women have been greatly used by God, it's easy to compare my simple life, and wonder if what I'm doing is really worth while. I can look at George Mueller and see the orphanages started through His effort and faith in God, and then look at my small acts of service at home, and despair at how puny and insignificant they seem. I could look at D.L Moody, see the thousands converted under his annointed preaching, and wonder if my testimony to my younger siblings, or small opportunities I have to witness is really worth while. Why do others seem to have so much more to lay at the feet of Christ than myself? It's tempting to think that my two little mites would never be missed in the eternal treasury of heaven.

As I was thinking about this the other evening, I opened my Bible and marveled as God spoke directly to the struggle I was facing. As I pondered the testimony of this poor widow, I realized God was not asking of me great acts of service, He was simply asking for a heart surrendered to His leading and guiding. As I look at the two mites in my hand, I only have to concern myself with making sure it's my all. Is everything surrendered to the Lord, or am I holding back those things that I feel necessary for my well-being and comfort?

I think of "my" time. It's such an easy thing to claim for my own. Am I diligent about making sure every minute of it is spent solely on those things which brings Christ glory and draw my heart closer to Him?

What about my reputation? Personally I find that one such a hard one to give up! Am I willing to obey Christ's voice no matter how much it may lower me in other's eyes?

My heart's affections is another one that's brought to my attention. Do I allow anything else in life, no matter how good it may be, draw my heart away from desiring the Lord first and foremost? Even those Godly desires - are they more important to me than simply Christ Himself?

My future is another mite that needs to be cast in. Learning to trust the Lord unreservedly. Not pushing for my own way, but simply keeping a tender heart to His leading and guiding, trusting that He will not fail to make His way clear!

These are simply some of the personal applications God brought to my heart. I don't just want to give the Lord out of my abundance - just some of the many blessings He has showered me with, but everything, even down to the very last mite I possess. God doesn't care about numbers or statistics like we humans often do - He desires a heart that is fully His own - willing to be spent to the uttermost in the work He has planned for each individual.

O God, what offering shall I give
To Thee, the Lord of earth and skies?
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,
A holy living sacrifice;
I would forever Thee adore,
Would love Thee, serve Thee more and more.

My Lord and God, Thou hast my soul,
No longer mine, but Thine I am;
Guard Thou Thine own, possess it whole;
Cheer it with hope, with love inflame,
Thou hast my spirit, there display
Thy glory to the perfect day.

Thou hast my body, 'tis Thy shrine
Devoted solely to Thy will;
here let Thy light forever shine;
This house still let Thy presence fill;
O Source of life! live, dwell, and move
In me, that all my life be love.

-Joachim Lange, 1697

1 comment:

Dru said...

Exactly, Andrea. God is waiting for us to stop looking at both our talents or weaknessess, and look unreservedly to Him. Hudson Taylor said something Like this:
"I sometimes think God looked around for someone incapable enough and hopeless enuogh that He could get all the glory from his life. I can only think He looked around and found me well-qualified."

That is hardly an exact quote, but same thought. Let's keep tossing our mites in.