Strip Me, Oh Lord
by Min. Andre Gilford
From Amazing Grace – The ROHO Devotional Series
Read: Hebrews 12:1
The other day, one of my high school students got up to run out of the classroom. With speed I had never seen in my life, he bolted out of the classroom, legs moving with such precision. I gave him permission to go get some snacks from the cafeteria and he did not waste any time. He left his books, his phone, and his bookbag because of a deep inclination to satisfy his stomach from hunger. He focused on what was important and left the baggage behind.
In life, we often allow our baggage to keep us from attaining the promises of God–those things that will help us live more abundant lives. Stress, lack of self-esteem, popular opinion, greed, and other distractions weigh us down as we try to run this race of life. How can we be successful in getting to the finish line, if we are bogged down with so many worthless things? The energy that it takes to carry those things often take us away from the things that make life beautiful: joy, peace, and love.
But, God has a way of stripping us to our core. The storms of life help to recalibrate us back to where we need to be. God wants to see us stripped so that we can serve God and God’s people better. As God strips us, God renews our capacity to reach the prize of the high calling. (Philippians 3:14) God is making you into something better and stronger for God’s purpose.
God, my Creator,
Your plans for me are bigger
Your ways are higher
Than what I could imagine
Take me through and make me into
What you would want me to be
In the name of Jesus, the Christ,