A Courageous Spirit: Owned by God

John Wesley, a courageous and famous 18th century preacher and theologian, was passionate “fiery” for God.  Sometimes he turned religious people off with his passion for God; he wasn’t allowed to preach in some organized churches because of that passion.  Wesley believed that Christians should give themselves wholly to God; God should “own” us.  Are you owned by God?

If God is our source and delight, His love will permeate our being.  That passion cannot be shut up within us; it must be released.  Have you ever watched a pressure cooker?  That little weight on the top just dances with excitement from the building energy and power within the pot. That’s the excitement we should have as containers of God’s love.  We will be passionately looking for ways to love and serve God (by loving others) when He possesses all of us.  May our prayer be to yield more and more of ourselves each day to the holy work of Christ–Anointed love–in us.  Courageous spirits know our goal is to become more like Jesus; live for God’s glory.  Give yourself over to God’s love; allow Him to “own” you.  Here is a famous Wesley prayer for you to ponder:

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will.  Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for you or brought low by You.  Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.  And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it.  Amen.