Brooke Ligertwood, a member of Hillsong United, wrote a song called New Wine:
In the crushing; in the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil, I now surrender
You are breaking new ground
So I yield to You and Your careful hand
When I trust You, I don’t need to understand
Make me a vessel; make me an offering,
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing; but all You have given me,
Jesus bring new wine out of me.
Where there is new wine, there is new power,
There is new freedom, the Kingdom is near
I lay down my old flames to carry Your new fire today.
Once we see Jesus is everything and realize He has graciously saved us and placed us in His Body, we realize, as Scripture teaches: all things are in His hands. “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
“OK, Lord, all I can do is present myself to You and say: ‘Have Your way.’ You know the purpose of my existence. You know what will bring You glory. I admit my inabilities and trust You completely. Bring forth lasting fruit… pleasing to You.”
The honest prayer of surrender is no small thing. It takes a lifetime for some of us to reach, but it is precious to the ears of God. Out of love, He has purchased us. With perfect attention, He has been molding us into the image of the Son. He receives the offering of ‘ourselves’ with great joy.
Jesus Himself came to this position. “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased. Then I said ‘Here I am – it is written about Me in the scroll – I have come to do Your will, O God.’” (Hebrews 10:5-7)
Though God’s will involved the Cross, the Son completely trusted Himself into the purposes of the Father. “I will do what You show Me; I will teach what You direct; I will drink the Cup You have given Me. For You alone are God and I trust You with all of My heart.” May we follow in His steps.
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12: 1
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