Have Thine Own Way, Lord

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.


Paul makes it clear here that our lives don’t need a little redecorating, or a touch of cosmetic surgery when we give ourselves to Christ.  We need a whole new life – a complete overhaul.


In Romans 12:2, Paul writes

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


That’s what Christ will do in our lives. He tears down the old and builds something new.  Our new life in Christ is a transformation into the image of God.


But we must allow Christ to make these changes in us. Here’s a challenge for you today – Throughout worship today, don’t just sit there passively. Be aggressive.


Listen intently to God’s Word and let it penetrate your soul. Put yourself under the knife and let Christ reveal the darkness in your heart.  Cry out to God for a new heart and a new mind and let the restoration process begin.


We sing a song – “Have Thine Own Way Lord” – that speaks to the exact attitude we should have as we face this spiritual surgery we undergo:


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine Own way!

Thou art the Potter, I am the clay!

Mold me and make me after Thy will,

While I am waiting, yielded and still.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine Own way!

Search me and try me, Master, today!

Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,

As in Thy presence humbly I bow.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine Own way!

Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!

Power, all power surely is Thine!

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine Own way!

Hold o’er my being absolute sway!

Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see

Christ only, always, living in me.


Become the clay, and let God shape you in the form He wants.