March 8 The Relinquished Life
“I am crucified with Christ.” Galatians 2:20
No one is ever
united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but
his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God
means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the
relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not
goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can
take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid
righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being anything, all claim
of being worthy of God's consideration.
Then the Spirit of
God will show us what further there is to relinquish. There will have to be the
relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to
relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on
everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?
There is always a
sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man
really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the
flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart
against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame
and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.
If you are up
against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all,
and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.