Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey…(Ro 6:16).
There is a King that reigns on the throne of my heart, her name is Heather. She has spent the majority of her Christian walk not as a freedwoman released from the chains of sin, but as a woman who has continually offered herself as an instrument to fear, control, and pride.
But, I have been crucified with Christ. The truest thing about me, in Christ, is not my fear, pride or control, but the newness of Christ that lives inside of me through RESSURECTION. It is the resurrection power of Jesus that I can call upon when the old patterns of my heart try to set themselves up as King. Truly, these old patterns are not who I am, for they have been done away with. I can and should walk forward not in my bondage, but in my freedom.
In order for me to see my truest self, I must seek to see God’s reflection in my heart each morning. It’s there, in the quietness of my encounter with Him that I am brought to a realization of the deepest anguish of my own heart. It’s there that God shows me what or who is reigning as King. The question then becomes, what must I give up so that I can experience the fullness of God’s resurrection for my own heart and mind? Is it fear? Then, I shall take up faith, because the Lord is King. Is it control? Then I shall die to myself because the Lord is trustworthy. Is it pride? Then I shall make myself small and exalt Him because He does not need another King.
What the world and our hearts need is not one more Christian on fire for God, blazing with great gifts for Him, but Christians who allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away the old self, so that they might shine as stars for the world to see that Jesus reigns.
Lord, you are King. I am not. Thank you for this journey you are taking me on. You are changing me. May I walk forward today in the new self. I do not want to be a slave to my old self. I want to walk forward in my freedom, in Jesus name, Amen.