Looking unto Jesus to go forth from ourselves and to forget ourselves so that our darkness my flee before the brightness of His face, so that our joy may be holy and our sorrow restrained, so that He may cast us down and raise us up, so that He may afflict us and comfort us, so that He may despoil us and enrich us, so that He may teach us to pray and answer our prayers, so that while leaving us in the world, He may separate us from it. Our lives will be hidden with Him in God, and our behavior will bear witness to Him before others.
Did you notice in reading Monod’s words here how passive we are in the hands of our Savior. He does the casting down and the raising up. He does the afflicting and the comforting. He wastes us and enriches us. He does all the work so that He might receive all the praise. The Christian life is not supposed to be a life of self improvement. It is a life of Christ empowerment. God never intends for us to become self made people. We are His workmanship created to accomplish the amazing works He would appoint to us.
For this to happen we must learn to look less and less to ourselves and to leave ourselves more and more in His hands to be used as He wills. We can trust Him for this. Whatever the future God will complete His work in us until the day Christ returns.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6
Can We Pray? I want to be useful in your hands dear Father. I confess I am too self conscious and so not at rest in your grasp. Grant me a forsaking of such weighty self awareness that I am not fully yielded to you. Teach me to consider myself against the back drop of your own Divine grip upon my life. Here I find confidence and here I learn to let myself go so you may be more greatly at work in me and through me. This is what I desire. In Jesus Name Amen.