Renouncing the Care of Ourselves

I love those moments while reading when the words or an idea just jumps off the page! This morning I was reading excerpts from Life and Teachings by Catherine of Genoa (a text I plan to purchase in the near future!). Catherine briefly describes this idea of “renouncing the care of ourselves to God.” I read this passage a couple of times wanting to grasp its full significance and I’m confident it will inhabit my meditations for sometime.

How often, in the most holy of causes, do we wrestle with sin (temptations, imperfections) in our own will and strength? It’s through the love of God and His Holy Spirit that we are able to recognize and find conviction; yet, how often do we attempt to deal with it by human means! The desire is noble, but so human. Our Great God must look upon us and chuckle. I imagine there is also a brokenness as He whispers, “my child, let Me help you.” The revelation of sin is supernatural; therefore, the answer, the remedy, the transformation must also be supernatural. Let go caring for yourself, prompts Catherine. Trust your care into the arms of Christ. It is He that leads us to perfection.

Psalm 100:3 – Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

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