Freedom to be a Slave?

Focus, priorities, Jesus. Sometimes I really feel like a broken 45.
Skip, skip, skip, focus focus focus
priorities, priorities, priorities,
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS..................................

I am a desperately slow learner in spiritual things. I do learn eventually though, and am grateful that my Heavenly Father doesn't give up on me. So this the latest lesson we're working on. It is something  like the grain of wheat falling to the earth and dying. I am learning to die to myself in a myriad of ways.

All to Jesus, all for Jesus.
Jesus, please help me to know You better, more fully, completely, intimately, to know and be known.
Question: Is it the more that I surrender to You, the more that You fill me, and the more that You fill me, the more that I know You? Complete surrender to be known and to know intimately? I hear You whisper to me............Abide.....

As I lose my life on this earth I find ...................You............ 
Replacing all that I give up with Living Water,
 so abundant, so fresh, so clear,
 flowing in me and through me,
flooding my heart,
 overflowing the banks of my soul.
 I feel myself holding tightly to You. 
This River of Life flowing in me, and through me.
You are in control and I am not.
 And I am holding tightly to You. 
It is exhilarating and terrifying.
 Letting go of me 
Holding tightly to You
losing myself, my life 
and finding You,
 living in me.

Is this the key to the Kingdom of God?
Is it Jesus, the Servant of all, making Himself known, not just to us, but in us?
He gave up everything for me, for you, for all of humanity.
As I endeavor the follow in His footsteps, should I do less?
Give up all of my rights? Basically live as a slave to God? This sounds a bit radical. I thought the Truth was going to set me free? I need to think on this one. What rights did Jesus have? It says in Philippians 2 that he laid aside His rights/privileges and took the humble position of a slave when He was born as a human being.
And what about the apostle Paul? He was used of God to write over 1/2 of the New Testament. He says that he buffets his body and makes it his slave. And then in Romans 6:22, 'you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God.'  A slave? What rights does a slave have? Crucified. What rights did Jesus have? Know ye not that your bodies are not your own? You have been bought with a price? You are the temple of the Living God. Live in such a way.

A slave to be free? I am beginning to get a glimpse here, free from the power of sin, and the Truth shall set you free. Set me free!

Another letting go of my ideas, my plans.
They keep surfacing. 
I thought I had surrendered all. 
Not quite,
 one more, disentangle, lose my grasp, 
let go.
Give it to Jesus, 
once more.

So this is the God we are slaves to:

Jesus! Jesus gives us the right to be called Sons and Daughters! And what does that mean? Think about it! The daughter of the King? Rights and privileges? If He gave His Son, will He not freely give us all things?!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms
because we are united with Christ...
God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family
by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ....
So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. 
He is so rich in kindness and grace that 
He purchased our freedom 
with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. 
He has showered His kindness on us.....Ephesians1

Do you get it? Do you believe it? Do you feel it? The glorious grace being poured out? Why are we so blind and easily deceived? To think that anything is more valuable than knowing Jesus! God help me to keep my eyes fixed on You! And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free! Believe it!

All glory to God,
who is able through His mighty power at work within us, 
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 
Glory to Him in the church 
and in Christ Jesus though all generations forever and amen!



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