From Self-Sufficiency to Surrender - Part 2

Opening Prayer

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You." (Psalm 63:1)


Read: Philippians 2:5-6

“Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage”. (Holman Christian Standard Bible [HCSB])



When you take a good, long look in the mirror, who is the person you see staring back at you? I may see myself as a man with many faults who has the responsibility of being a faithful husband and loving father. Or I may see myself as a leader in a place of authority as I manage those in my life who serve me as employees or family. I may see myself as unworthy of any accolades because I know the secret darkness of my own heart. Or I may see a person who is a child of God, forgiven and in the process of maturing toward becoming the perfect son that the Father is molding me into. When Jesus looked into that same mirror, He saw himself as God’s Son with whom the Father was well pleased. Jesus could have taken pride in His position as the Prince of heaven, however I think in humility He instead saw a man whose purpose was to offer His earthly body as a sacrifice so that all peoples of all times could have the chance to see themselves as that same, loved child of God.



Take a long, deep look into your soul this week. How do you really perceive who you are? Is your perception of yourself that of an unworthy sinner or as a child of God who is being molded and shaped? Spend some time in conversational prayer with your heavenly Father talking about how your perception compares with His perception.


Closing Prayer:

Father, I know that I fall short every day of any measurable standards of perfection, but I rejoice that You are gracious and merciful to those who humble themselves before You. Lord, please continue to mold me into the person You desire me to become.

Terry Schneider