WEDNESDAY: Passion Week 2012

SURRENDERING CONTROL OF YOUR HEART

Luke 20:45-21:4 – And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

That final week of Jesus’ life before the cross, He reminds us of things most important. Several of those divine reminders contrast two ways to live. One way to live draws attention to ourselves and makes much of ourselves. It holds onto control of the heart because it doesn’t trust Another. The other way to live is fully and completely surrendered to Another.

One day while Jesus and His disciples are near the temple treasury, He draws their attention to the two ways to live. The rich approach the offering box and draw attention to themselves, making a big deal about how much they give and how pleased God should be to have them on His team. After they leave the treasury, a widow approaches and drops in two copper coins, all she had to live on. Two ways to live—keep control or surrender control. If Jesus truly is King and Lord and as such we’ve confessed the things that compete for our affections and allegiance, we next invite Him to take control. The only way to walk the road to a cross-centered life with Jesus is to surrender your heart, your affections and your allegiances to Him.

Questions for Reflection & Prayer

Where do I struggle with surrender? Why?

Think through the “spheres” of your life (personal relationship with Jesus, relationships with family and friends, work or school, ministry and mission). What would a fully surrendered life look like?

JESUS, I want to be like the widow who gave all. And I want to be this kind of person because I know that You gave all. Lord, You know the places where I struggle with surrender. I need Your vision for what a fully surrendered life can and will look like. In my relationship with You, in my relationships in my home and with friends, in my neighborhood, in my work or school and in my ministry and mission at Northshore, teach me what it means to fully surrender to You. Lead me down the road to a cross-centered life. In the name of the One who saves, Jesus, Amen.

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