Posted by: Toni Sprandel | April 27, 2013

Baring it all for Jesus

Literally, on the cross, Jesus was stripped down to His bare skin.  We can say He “bared” it all, for us.  Figuratively, we are called to do the same.  We are called to strip away all the layers of self that would hinder us from complete submission to Him.

In our Christian walk, some of those layers include pride, self-sufficiency and self-promotion. Jesus was our example. He was a humble servant of His Abba Father, always submitting His will to the will of the God the Father.

If we say we are Christians, but we are doing everything in our own strength and power, are we really Christ followers?  To be a Christ follower, it means that we have submitted to His LORDship in our lives.  He then uses us to do what we do, but He is at the center of it.  And the benefit of this is the fact that we are working in His power/strength and not our own.  On our own, doing it all without His help, I guarantee you, we will grow weary.  But when we have the unlimited power, strength, might, wisdom, knowledge and guidance of the LORD within us, we will never grow weary in our efforts.  We will be able to accomplish more than we could ever dream or imagine.

Until we strip off all of us (our old self before we accepted Christ) and put on Christ (our new nature given to us by the Holy Spirit) we will never be as useful to the Kingdom as we could be.  He bared it all for us, we need to bare it all for Him.  Thank you Jesus.

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  1. Just yesterday, my hubby and I were discussing independence and realized that it is the single greatest enemy of an intimate relationship. So long as one person is fighting for independence, there can be no truly intimate relationship.

    Thanks for expanding on what the Lord was teaching us!

    \ 🙂 /
    Praise Jesus!

    • I am so glad that my post really spoke to you! It is so encouraging to hear from the readers. Some days I think I have gone off the deep end and am not making any sense! Again, thanks for your encouragement! Yes, Praise Jesus!

      • I know what you mean. Some days the opposition is great. It’s those times when I have to ask who would benefit most from my silence. Certainly not God, and He is the one who invited me to speak on his behalf – you too. 1 Peter 4:11 is intimidating, when you think about it.

        Speak on, dear sister. I always enjoy your posts – just don’t always have time to expand much beyond a “like.” You know how that goes!

        The Lord bless you and keep you…and give you peace.

        \ 🙂 /

  2. I’ve never seen it from that great angle before! Thanks for sharing such insight 🙂

    • You are welcome! I really enjoyed checking out your blog! I try to write what the LORD fills my heart and brain with. I continually pray that is uplifting to the readers and glorifying to the LORD! Have a great day!!

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