3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God

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She startled awake from some cheerful voices walking outside her crude mud dwelling. A few moments repose during the day was a habit with her since she frequently pursued late night activities. “Happy men,” she muttered bitterly, “I made them happy last night.” She reigned in her desire to shed a single tear, and remembered the adoration the men gave her. Her shiny bracelets clinked together while she smoothed her hair, reveling in her dark kind of glory.

The sound of deliberate footsteps pulled her mind back to the present. It was too early for…no it was a different kind of man. She peered out the tiny window watching the back of his head since he had turned down another street. “Jesus,” she whispered, but there was a catch in her throat. Just the sound of his name spoken aloud from her own mouth stirred her soul to a depth she didn’t know was possible.

Emotions flooded her fatigued spirit; thoughts were bombarding her mind faster than she could handle. Before she knew what she was doing, she donned some plain garments, snatched the idolized money bag and dashed out the door. A plan was rapidly forming in her head, of which she was grateful for the momentary focus lest she turned on her heel and abandoned her quest for hope.

weeping on feetA moment more and she had bought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil. “Sorry dear,” the merchant said, assuming she was grieving the loss of a loved one. She was grieving, deeply. Her racing walk quickened into a run, and she quietly darted through the door not knowing how she was let in.

And stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Luke 7:38 NKJV

We have been studying the Bad Girls of the Bible book at my women’s group at church and the passage of Luke 7:36-50, packed with abundant truth was featured at the last session. We were able to look at this story from different angles, but since then I have been meditating on the story and have not been able to get this woman’s hair out of my head. I love that the richness of the Bible is so incredible that often more than one truth can be found from one verse or passage.

Knowing that the hair is a symbol of glory of man or beast (1 Corinthians 11:14-15), the phrase laying your glory at His feet has been stirring my spirit. Glory has to do with honor, fame, adoration, praise, dignity. How can I lay my glory at His feet? Have I given all honor to Him or just said it?

3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to the Father

  1. Brokenness. She wept on Jesus’ feet. Tears are a symbol of brokenness. In weeping our dignity is reduced to pieces.
  2. Humility. She dried her tears with her hair. She laid her glory at Jesus’ feet. In humility our pride is reduced to pieces.
  3. Love. She kissed His feet. She loved Jesus. She didn’t just say it, she showed it. In showing love our self is reduced to pieces.

I want to always surrender my glory to the Father. Even if I have to weep in front of others. Even if I have to repent in the presence of onlookers. Because I love Him.

What about you? Are there ways you have given your glory to the Father? Tell us how by leaving a comment.

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18 thoughts on “3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God

  1. This is an absolutely wonderful post. Even though we just studied this at our women’s group, your new perspective touched my heart. Thank you so very much!

  2. Oh what a beautiful post! I’m struggling with this right now….feeling out of place as a Christian. But it’s not about me. It’s about my precious Savior and what He has called me to do and where He has called me to go. Thank you for that sweet reminder today. Blessings to you my friend!

    • You will find satisfaction in His arms when you’ve given all to him at the end of that struggle. It is a blessing to see you respond to the call on your life. Praying He is glorified through you. And blessings to you! 🙂

  3. i love how you took us deeper in the story at the beginning, and i love your list of ways to give up the glory to Him. this is a phenomenal post.

  4. Thank you so much for reminding me to lay everything at His feet. He is worthy of all our glory, all our praise, all our worship—everything. I love this perspective!

    • One of the major things I took away from this story is that she gave up everything: her pride, her reputation (soiled as it was, but giving it up to gain a new one was good), her sins, her lifestyle, her unbelief. Wow, and the Lord was glorified.

  5. Lovely post. I love how you talked about tears — for so many years I kind of stifled that part of me. Then a friend of mine shared with me about how Jesus says, “Blessed are they who mourn,” and it was convicting.

    Thank you for your beautiful words.

    finding joy
    and thank you for linking up

    • I’m glad you don’t hold them in anymore. There’s quite a release that comes with tears. I like what you said about that scripture. I’ve always only thought about it in reference to someone who is grieving a death, but not for sin. Food for thought.

      And thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Thanks for sharing your insights about this story that I’ve heard many times and the application points. You’ve given me something to think about…thanks!

    • The phrase “heard many times” has stuck with me since I read your comment earlier. All I can think is how many times have I turned a deaf ear to all those Bible stories that I’ve heard over and over when God may just want me to glean something new? Wow. Thanks.

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