That true self
Father, the words we say to You don’t need to feel complete or well-formed or profound. Sometimes we sit here, heart heavy, the to-do list a mile long, our mind full of worries and questions . . And we just need to be reminded:
You are safe.
You are true.
You are present.
You love us, right now.
Help us believe there is no risk in following You.
Help us believe there is no better life than one fully surrendered to You.
When we go our own way You love us and let us go.
You love us and let us go.
And hope we will turn.
And when we turn, You pour more of Yourself into us. You give us strength and direction and we know right where we are going.
Yes, Father. we watch Your feet and know exactly where we are going.
We are the Samaritan woman at the well, thirsty and desiring more than water, more than what this world can ever give.
You look into our eyes and show us what worship looks like. You tell us worship is our heart’s response to Your calling forth our truest selves.
Our truest self is what You see in us and call forth. You name us, but it is that true self You see that prompts our naming.
Worship is the rising up of our spirits to accept the new, true name You call us.
What do you call forth in us that is most true, Father?
What is there, within each of us–hidden by lies we’ve believed, wounds not yet healed, pride and insecurity and lack of faith? What are those true selves You see?
What worship do You ask of us? What unique way are we gifted by You to see and worship You, with our lives?
Must our truest self remain hidden? Call it forth, Father! Give us hearts to desire what You see in us. Give us courage to discover our truest self. Show us what it means to worship.
We can only worship You from a place of authenticity. True worship isn’t possible from a self that is false.
What doe the Holy Spirit call out in us so we can worship and most fully experience Your presence in the way we are meant to– uniquely, personally, with You?
Oh, the questions You set on my heart . . the desire You create within us to respond fully to You.
Strip us, God. Search our hearts and strip us of everything that is not of You. Let us live naked and unashamed and fully ourselves.
Let us stand tall and worship.
Unabashedly. Unreservedly–without inhibition, but with expectation.
Let us look to Your presence.
Let Your delight in us and Your love for us spur us on.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration” (John 4:24, MSG).
Have you considered, friend, that authentic worship occurs when we have let the Father show us–and when we live–our true selves? What does this mean for you?
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