Clarity and Surrender

Clarity and SurrenderJust this past week, I gratefully snagged the opportunity to travel down to Southern California to visit an old friend of mine. As always, I packed last minute and only later discovered all the things I could have used to better suit my experience. Small things, such as pajamas (who doesn’t want to sleep in jeans?) or sandals for the beach were just a few of the “minor” details that escaped my very imaginative tendencies (which by the way, ended up favoring homemade iced coffee and a shiny ring as two vital trip must-haves).

Obviously, I lacked the clarity in that moment to provide for myself what I needed most.

Just like my trip, I find that I put myself in similar situations when I am unprepared for what lies before me. Let’s take, for example, that trip to an orphanage in Mexico, that I could have pursued last month, but could not surrender my finances in such a way that gave me the option to go. How much of a forceful opportunity could that have been for me to help advance the kingdom of God?

In fact, had I noticed the high degree of control I held over this particular aspect of my life; I could have seen the difference between God’s clarity and my own. Moreover, as a result of our inability to surrender bad habits of money-spending, poor dating decisions or “that secret”, we compromise the most precious gift God offers us: freedom in Christ.

In an honest reflection, how often might you ponder over how capable or competent you are to tackle God’s work?

Take heart, my friend. God has made it clear that He’s given us everything we need for our journey:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).

In other words, being led by the Spirit equips you with the strength you need to walk the Christian life with power and clarity.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2Tim 1:7).

Devotional Author: Kate Anderson

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