Lent Meditation: Surrendering Independence (Week 3)

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Over the next few weeks in our Lent Prayer Meditation series, we’ll embrace Jesus’ invitation to surrender, and in this practice in particular, surrendering our self.

In this practice, we embrace the words of Oswald Chambers calling us to surrender our independence and submit ourselves to co-crucifixion with Christ:

Paul says, ‘I have been crucified with Christ’; he does not say, ‘I have determined to imitate Jesus Christ’ or, ‘I will endeavor to follow Him’ but, ‘I have been identified with Him in His death.'

Ask yourself: Am I prepared to let the Spirit of God search me until I know what the disposition of sin is – the thing that lusts against the Spirit of God in me?

As we hold this question before the Holy Spirit, we allow our hearts, our motivations, our leanings, to be searched.

It is not just a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my natural independence and self-assertiveness, and this is where the battle has to be fought. It is the things that are right and noble and good from natural standpoint that keep us back from God’s best.

Quoted excerpts from Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter