Stripping Off The Old Self
To be prepared for true change is to learn
to let go of old ways of thinking and doing.
Detachment is the process of letting go of
the familiar so that the heart and mind can
be opened to learning to live by a new way.
In other words, it is, to empty the heart
of all that is not of God in order to prepare
a place for Him. It is to empty the hands
of treasure held and to open them to receive
"Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth, for you
have died, and your life is hidden with Christ
in God... Put to death, therefore, whatever
in you is earthly: fornication, impurity,
passion, evil desire, and greed (which is
idolatry)... you have stripped off the old
self with its practices and have clothed
yourselves with the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge according to the image
of its creator." (Colossians 3.2,3,5,9b-10)
Detachment is a letting go
Of pleasures and treasures held dear;
The process is painful and slow --
The heart's whole storehouse has to
By grace, the Lord propels the heart
To leave behind all it desires;
With the old ways falling apart,
The lure of sin no longer mires.
He provides ways and means to pry
The heart from what it clings to last;
The cross demands the old ways die
Left in the dust of all things past.
Though the heart aches with emptiness
And appetites nearly destroyed,
The Lord's actions are pure kindness
For He Himself will fill the void!
Let go of all the heart's treasure;
The Lord repays beyond measure.
"He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3.30)
Lord, detach me from all that is not
so that I may live for You alone and
You may fill the emptiness of my heart
(c) Paul Buis, 2009