Reporting for Duty

By Jenny Harrison

20160128_01“Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.” Corrie Ten Boom

Old worn out rituals and traditions have a distinct way of working their way back into my life, even if they have no practical or meaningful purpose. I believe this is the case due to their familiarity rather than value.

Recently, many of us engaged in the the age-old tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. The obvious lists might have included but are not limited to, losing weight, getting more organized, and working toward retirement.

While these goals appear admirable, the wise words of Corrie Ten Boom continue to replay in my mind: “Jenny, just report for duty.” Her quote is a refreshing perspective in a world so bent toward perfectionism and control.

What if each one of us resolved from this day forth without question, excuses, or a list of instructions, to whole-heartedly report for duty to our Lord and Savior?

What if we started each morning with a submissive attitude, open mind, and a servant’s heart?

What if we allowed Him to have complete control of our lives without worry of being inconvenienced or uncomfortable?

What if each minute of the day we were willing to be a vessel for Him, allowing our Lord to work with our brokenness and imperfections for His glory?

This choice would not come without a price or without loss. We would stand to lose our false sense of control, fear of the unknown, a prideful nature, and our anxieties and fears of not being accepted and approved of by the false and empty standards of the world.

On the flip side, we would gain peace that passes all understanding.

Freedom in Christ or familiarity. The choice is ours.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 ESV

Copyright © 2016, Jenny Harrison, all rights reserved, Breath of Life Women’s Ministries. Image from Pinterest. Scripture from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.

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