Posts tagged surrender
Commended for Faith, not an outcome

Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.”  It is so easy to get caught up in the belief that success is based on what we yield.  But what the Faith Hall of Fame advocates is, we will be commended for our FAITH in the journey – not for an outcome.      

Our culture operates strongly based on a finish line.  We train to complete a marathon.  We go to graduate school to get the MBA needed to become an executive. The purpose is to get to the end, to finish the goal, to complete the project.  Only then, when the finish line has been reached will we have made it.  Then we’ll be commended. Then we’ll be praised. Then we’ll be worthy because we reached our goal; with this mentality, it’s all about the outcome.

But what if we, like some of the heroes in Hebrews chapter 11, never get to see the final outcome?  What if we never reach what we’re working towards?

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Finding Freedom in Surrendering Your Imperfect Purpose

There is freedom in surrendering to who Christ designed us to be. As humans, we often feel like surrendering to anything means that we are giving up control, giving up power, and giving up freedom, but in Christ, we find true freedom when we surrender to His design. A freedom that can only come from the Lord because it is solely dependent on the price He paid for us on the cross. Yet, we allow ourselves to hold back from full surrender because it means that the imperfections and the mess will be uncovered, that our weakest points will be on display-- but what we are not grasping is that the Lord has us come just as we are. Our perspective of who we belong to has to be shifted, the chains of this earthly world must be broken-- as Christian women, we are to show up however He might have us so that He is seen through us. We have to daily remember that He has placed us here on earth for a set amount of time to share who He is, to speak His message, to build His Kingdom, all through the imperfections that we walk with. As a body of believers, our eternal perspective needs to bring us such a hope and peace that we are not battling ourselves to hold on to our own freedom.

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