Do Not Decide What To Submit To, but Be Ready for Anything

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 91

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)

It is none your business to decide what you must submit to God. Your sole concern is to be fully submitted and ready for anything. This is what is essential in abandonment, and what God requires of you. The free gift that he asks of your heart is selfless, loving obedience. The rest is God’s business. Simply take care to fulfill the duties of daily life, gently follow the prompting of the Spirit, and peacefully submit to whatever his grace impresses upon you, for your body and soul. In doing all this, you will be exercising, from the bottom of your heart, that one general and universal act, which is abandonment.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Abandonment is “one general and universal act,” meaning that it can be done anywhere, at any time, and when you do it, you are always doing the same thing. We might even say, according to the common expression, “there are no two ways about it.”

But the conditions under which this act is accomplished are always different. The call of duty is always changing to fit the circumstances. Even your devotional routine may change over time. But one consistent thread will be the attitude of your heart.

The apostle Paul was talking about money when he said, “God loves a cheerful giver,” but the same thing can be said about the gift of yourself. The delivering over of your entire being into the hands of God is the gift he seeks from you. This will lead to the steady giving over of your time and money as well. Give this gift gladly. Let him who searches all hearts find only joy at the bottom of yours. Sometimes the last thing we yield to God is our attitude. Instead, let it be the first thing.


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