Be Entirely His

"There are three images in my mind which I must continually forsake and replace by better ones: the false image of God, the false image of my neighbours, and the false image of myself.”
-C. S. Lewis

I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days, this idea of constantly surrendering up what we think we know about God, others, and ourselves, and be open to more, because there is always more.

I look around and there are incredibly strong opinions on so much out there with fiercely guarded sides and thoughts and somewhat constructed ideas. I see it in my own heart and it is the opposite of this continual surrendering that I believe we are called to in the Kingdom of God.

My husband, Luke, and I have this quote we challenge each other with very often, “it’s hard to hate up close- move in.” How quickly do we jump to our own conclusions on others without being aware of the full story. How often do we assume we know God and His actions based only on limited understanding no matter how many times you have read the Bible or how many years you have attended church or been a Christ follower. Can you count how many times you’ve tried something new being pretty sure you wouldn’t enjoy it and ended up surprising yourself and realising something new about who you are?

This life is a constant evolving adventure, think you have it all figured out and you will be missing out on what lies ahead. Be open to new explorations and unveilings and you will constantly be blown away when you get closer to God and see Him for who He is. My guess is you will be more prone to kindness and love with your fellow neighbor when you move a little closer to forsaking your initial thoughts and being open to learn. And guess what, you are bound to discover more about yourself and who God made you to be in that process too.

Basically I think it all comes down to abiding….be with Jesus, move in, get close, right now, right here in the midst of 2020 He has new adventures for us, new things to learn. Be entirely His.

John 15:5 ESV
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
- Jolene Larson


Maxine Lang - October 15th, 2020 at 12:09am

Thank you for reminding me that life is not a stagnant pond but a river that flows and supplies us with Living Water. The source is Jesus and it up to us to seek and abide in Him our Savior and Lord.

Susan Van Deusen - October 15th, 2020 at 8:51pm

Thank you, Jolene.

Sheryl - October 15th, 2020 at 10:40pm

Thank you so much Jolene for such a thoughtful, Jesus centered blog post! Much love to you and Luke!