9 Being Vulnerable with GodPosted: December 15, 2011
God wants our hearts. If He has this, He has the rest of us. He wants our every hope, dream and longing. He wants every fear, pain and secret. He wants to hear from us everything that is in our hearts. He will redeem every aspect of our lives. He can reshape us in His image. He loves us and wants to make us His forever.
Will we let Him? Will we be vulnerable to God?
This may seem scary. It is! God wants to change us. We are far from perfect. When we know Him we are in the process of becoming more like Him day by day. We are constantly dying to our old selves and being renewed in our new selves. This process can hurt, but it is good.
I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him…”Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand.” Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6
We tend to resist change. Our old self tries to reassert itself, even though it is dead. Our old self seeks to promote its agenda over and against God’s will for us.
Rather, God calls us to lay down our lives and seek His kingdom. We like to hear about a God Who loves us. When we focus on His love, we can forget about His holiness. He is Love and He is holy which means He will not leave us ‘as is’. We might think to ourselves, “He is love, after all; He should just accept us as is”. We realize the error of this when we say it aloud, but rarely do we say this thought so directly. The old self hides itself and subtly seeks to undermine God’s work in us. The old self hides because its discovery brings it into the light where God puts it to death with Christ on the cross (Romans 6). Our old self is holding on for dear life!
We can resist God or cooperate with Him in this process of change or sanctification. We can hold tightly or let go of the old self. In the matter of sanctification, “resistance is futile”. We may as well let go. We gave Him our hearts, and He is cleansing them. He seeks the best for us, even if the best does not feel good at the time.
Let’s be vulnerable to Him. This will lead to our ultimate joy and satisfaction.
Being molded by the hand of the Master Potter,
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