Relinquishing all

We have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, with the whole Christ,
so let us spread ourselves like coats under his feet.

St Andrew of Crete

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(a silvery canopy of Spanish moss / Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga / Julie Cook / 2016)

No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being any thing, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.
Oswald Chambers

Relinquish
To let go
To yield
To release
To surrender

No holding on
No waffling
No balancing
It’s all or nothing.

Jesus beckons…
He calls your name.
He wants you…

Not the pieces…
Not the parts…
Not this or that
Not a portion…

But all…
Of you…

He wants everything…
Every aspect
Every love
Every like
Every dislike
Every hate
Every passion
Every possession
Even…
The darkness
The savings
The wealth
The debt
The stuff that makes you who you are
Your temper
Your joy
Your anguish
Your secrets

Yet are you willing to give Him your secrets?
The things you’re afraid others will see.
That which you hope to hide, especially from Him…
That which you hope to keep hidden…

What of the status, the position…
Your place among others…
What of the security…
The pleasures…
The comfort…
Are you willing to give away that which makes you comfortable?
Stable,
Steady,
Happy…

Are you willing to lay yourself, your entire being…
The good, the bad, the indifference, the naivety, the ignorance, the pompousness…
Everything that makes you you…not only at His feet
But under His feet?

Offering it all
100% of it all
No holding on and no holding back…

To the One who gave His all to you….

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:15-17

11 comments on “Relinquishing all

  1. phyllissnipes says:

    This could not have been stated any more adequately. There is not one among us who doesn’t hold on to something that should be given to Him. Every day I try to get one step closer to that total relinquishing of self to the Master…a work in progress, and a daily conscious choice!

  2. CSSF says:

    I added a link on our blog … your reflection was a perfect add-on! Blessings!

  3. What can I say that I haven’t said before?! This is beyond greatness! It is eloquent excellence and truth! You simply amaze me and you do all this with all the hardships you are facing! Just mindblowing and it will be reblogged. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂 ❤

  4. Reblogged this on Sacred Touches and commented:
    This post is absolute greatness and so full of truth!

  5. The cost to follow Christ is very high in our assumptions…but I’m deeply convinced that if we could see what He has prepared for us, we wouldn’t want any of our ‘valuables’ here on earth. Yet is it so difficult to yield it all to Him. Silly human nature…or insecurity…or selfishness. Our pathetic human condition, and yet He still loves us so much.

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