(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.36)
formed by the beauty of Christ himself. Our lives can speak of God’s greatness and glory. They
can make His love a reality to people all around us. But this is possible only as we empty
ourselves and depend constantly and completely on the Father.
If emptying was Jesus’ preparation for ministry, it shouldn’t surprise us that emptying is
essential for us. We shouldn’t feel persecuted when experiences in life and ministry wring out of
us every last trace of self-sufficiency, ambition, and personal agenda.
Emptying involves pain, humiliation, frustration, failure, defeat, dead ends, despair, and giving
up on dreams we thought were absolutely central. Emptying involves more of Christ and less of
Right now, Lord, this moment,
by Your power and at Your call,
I release to You all my drives,
all my ideas, all my ways.
I lay them down, Lord, and put them aside.
I turn away from them.
Flush them out of my heart, I pray.
I will accept anything You send into my life
to separate me from lesser things.
From this point on,
I only want to move at Your call and at Your word,
relying on Your power alone.