Throw Your Hands Up in the Air

Get Into the Word: Hebrews 4:12-16


"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

 

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

 

Do you love God more than you did yesterday?

 

This question bothered me for the longest time because for the longest time, my answer was no.

 

Is it possible to love God more today than yesterday?

 

This past summer, Mike and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. I loved him the day we said I do, and I love him more today. After being his beloved wife for a decade, I better understand the pain he’s known, the battles he’s faced and the obstacles he’s overcome. I know the selfishness in me and the fear I’ve acted out of. And when I see how he loves me against the backdrop of these truths, I cannot help but love him more.

 

How do we do the same in our relationship with God? As we live a lifestyle of surrender.

 

When we allow God to reveal to us the depth of our sinfulness— which might be a shock to us, but never to Him, and with everything laid bare, we believe Jesus’ answers to our questions: Am I loved? Am I valuable? Am I enough? Uncovered, we believe Him.

 

Uncovered was admitting I would never reach the elusive mountaintop of enough with only my foothold loose gravel.

Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. We don’t need to worry about being uncovered; we simply need to acknowledge that before God we already are. We can live uncovered before God because we are clothed by Christ

God, who proved His love for us by sending Jesus while we were spiritually dead in the water, doesn’t need our attempts to prove we are worthy. Perhaps we could simply believe that in Christ we are proven.

We can be honest about what we’re afraid of, what we don’t want to face and how we’ve been trying to make it go away. And in that moment of being broken and bare, we ask Him to plant His truth in the wide open soil of our hearts where He can take root and bear fruit.

I do love God more today, not because He has changed; He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Now I realize I am not only saved by grace, but I only live by grace. It’s the springboard and the swimming pool.

And because of this, I have nothing to prove, and nothing to hide. I can live surrendered.

 

Talk to God:

 

HE: What truth will you declare about His name, His kingdom and His will?

 

ME: What will you ask Him to give, forgive and deliver you from?

 

WE:  What do you want Him to empty you of and fill you with His Spirit for?


Join the Conversation:

What does surrender offer that striving and hiding doesn’t?