Why Give Up?

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There comes a time in one’s life when something precious needs to be given up. And looking back at mine, I recall that I have had those instances when many things in my life needed to be surrendered to Him. Sure, it was painful, but the pain that I thought would never go away seem now like a distant memory.

However, as much as one has moved on, there is always that bend in life’s road that would require one to give up something again. Give them all to Jesus…and He will turn your sorrow into gold. But the process of giving things up is never easy. God doesn’t ask for what we are ready to throw away. Instead He asks for the precious things that the heart has made an idol over. Also I realize that I have not given Him all, hence, a giving up process is required of me every now and then.

I was thinking about all these, and praying at the same time that God would show me a clear picture of things. Here is what He provided me:

A refining, purifying process is going on among the people of God, and the Lord of hosts has set His hand to this work. This process is most trying to the soul, but it is necessary in order that defilement may be removed. Trials are essential in order that we may be brought close to our heavenly Father, in submission to His will, that we may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. . . . The Lord brings His children over the same ground again and again, increasing the pressure until perfect humility fills the mind, and the character is transformed; then they are victorious over self, and in harmony with Christ and the Spirit of heaven. The purification of God’s people cannot be accomplished without suffering. . . . He passes us from one fire to another, testing our true worth. True grace is willing to be tried. If we are loath to be searched by the Lord, our condition is one of peril. . . .

It is in mercy that the Lord reveals to men their hidden defects. He would have them critically examine the complicated emotions and motives of their own hearts, and detect that which is wrong, and modify their dispositions and refine their manners. God would have His servants become acquainted with their own hearts. In order to bring to them a true knowledge of their condition, He permits the fire of affliction to assail them, so that they may be purified. The trials of life are God’s workmen to remove the impurities, infirmities, and roughness from our characters, and fit them for the society of pure, heavenly angels in glory. . . . The fire will not consume us, but only remove the dross, and we shall come forth seven times purified, bearing the impress of the Divine.

Our sorrows do not spring out of the ground. In every affliction God has a purpose to work out for our good. Every blow that destroys an idol, every providence that weakens our hold upon earth and fastens our affections more firmly upon God, is a blessing. The pruning may be painful for a time, but afterward it “yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” We should receive with gratitude whatever will quicken the conscience, elevate the thoughts, and ennoble the life. The fruitless branches are cut off and cast into the fire. Let us be thankful that through painful pruning we may retain a connection with the living Vine; for if we suffer with Christ, we shall also reign with Him. The very trial that taxes our faith the most severely and makes it seem as though God had forsaken us is to lead us more closely to Him, that we may lay all our burdens at the feet of Christ and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange. . . . God loves and cares for the feeblest of His creatures, and we cannot dishonor Him more than by doubting His love to us. O let us cultivate that living faith that will trust Him in the hour of darkness and trial! EG White, My Life Today (1952), p.92.

What does God want to take from me?

…I will let Him take my life that it may be consecrated to Him.
…I will let Him take my will for it was really never mine.
…I will let Him take my heart, it is His alone, His royal throne.
…I will let Him take my love, at His feet its treasure store.
…I will let Him take myself, and will let myself be, ever, only, ALL for Thee.

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