When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied:
“This may be why. The Lord looked down from Heaven upon the earth and said,
`Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the meanest man on the face of the earth?’
Then He saw me and said, ‘Now I’ve found him, and I will work through him.
He won’t be proud of it.
He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.'”
I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put me to what You will,
rank me with whom You will.
Put me to doing,
put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for You
or laid aside for You,
exalted for You
or brought low for You.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
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.
Faith is transferring your trust from your own efforts to the efforts of Christ.
You were relying on other things to make you acceptable,
but now you consciously begin relying on what Jesus did for your acceptance with God.
All you need is nothing.
If you think, “God owes me something for all my efforts,”
you are still on the outside.
Pray after this fashion:
“I see I am more flawed and sinful than I ever dared believe,
but that I am even more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.
I turn from my old life of living for myself.
I have nothing in my record to merit your approval,
but I now rest in what Jesus did and ask to be accepted into God’s family for His sake.”