40 Days of Purpose by Pastor Rick Warren is a book that I have revisited several times. Sure, some of those times I started, all gung ho and ready to finish the book in exactly 40 days. But usually I would forget a day or two, or ten, and have to come back and regroup. Or start over. I think I’ve actually finished the book once.
However, each time I restart this book, I learn something new. Today I read from Day 10: The Heart of Worship. (I started the book on July 24. Oh well.) Warren’s main focus for this day is, “The heart of worship is surrender.”
Now. To me that sounds like a very generalized phrase that would be on an “inspirational” Facebook post with clouds and a sunset in the background. BUT. This chapter is quite literally life-changing.
An area of my life that I am holding back from God is… well, almost everything. Surrendering is such a hard thing for me to do. Now, don’t get me wrong. I give up all the time. I get frustrated and bored and lazy just like everyone. But surrendering is so much more than just giving-in. Surrendering is giving up control. Yikes.
“To err is human…” As a human, I feel the need to control; control my career, control my finances, control my relationships, control my life. Instead of compartmentalizing my life, I need to give it all to him as a whole: my talents, my failures, my dreams, my finances, my insecurities, my relationships, my career, my health. It is all HIS.
You won’t surrender to God unless you trust him, but you can’t trust him until you know him better. Fear keeps us from surrendering, but love casts out all fear.
With everything in our lives, we keep trying and trying and trying. “Instead of trying harder, you [should] trust more.”
Guys, God has got this. Let him do his thing. Trust that the work you put in each day will come to fruition. Whether that work is to start a new business, or drop a dress size, or heal a relationship. TRUST. Surrender your life to him to give him worship.
I wrote up a contract in my journal to make it extremely official that I am signing my life, and my control, over to God.
Contract: Signifying My Surrender to Jesus Christ as the Master of My Life
I, Jordan Page, hereby give my life to Christ to be controlled and used for his glory. He owns my life and every decision, fear, desire, dream, and conclusion made by me, will be made as according to his purpose for my life.
Have you read this book before? What was your favorite take away, and what aspect of your life could you be keeping from him?
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