Copyright © Lisa Biggs Crum
“Show me how to serve you, Lord.” If I wrote a book of “common prayers,” that seven word prayer would be included. Recently, though, God has been asking me to think about that request. Does my brain show my hand how to move or my feet how to walk?
It seems we are still deceived just as Eve was, that we can “be like God.” All we need is to be shown how. Then we think we can handle whatever it is we are to do.
Although my “common prayer” has become almost habit, I’m trying to change my prayer to give God all control. “Lord, use me.” Oh my, what a culturally belittling thought. “Use me.” No one wants to be “used.” We are very happy to help and do for others. It gives us a sense of worthiness and respect for our willingness to give of ourselves. But to be used? To fully give up recognition for our efforts. To be willing to let someone else make all the decisions? To not give our input on a better way to accomplish the task? How absurd! How Christ-like.
Show me how so that others will see me act like Christ or use me so that others will see Christ likeness, not me.
Not my will, but yours be done. Don’t show me, Lord, just do it through me.