Rebel

Have you ever found yourself going through a period where everything you feel you should be doing from a Christian perspective, you just want to turn away from, or just not do at all?

I have always been the kind of person who doesn’t like to be predictable. For example, having grown up in the Salvation Army, and been a junior soldier and a members of all the junior sections, there was a huge assumption by many that I would become a senior soldier in my teens. However as each of the others about my age, or younger, all became senior soldiers, so I became more and more determined I wasn’t just going to ‘follow’ what everyone else was doing, as I just didn’t feel it was for me.

Maybe you think I was a just taking my time to be sure I was making the right decision, and fully understood who and what I was committing my life to…well that wasn’t it at all! In fact I was determined to ignore what my heart was telling me to do, what God was wanting me to do, because I was doing my best to ignore God, simply because I didn’t want to ‘copy’ everyone else.

I’m sure my family felt I was being rebellious because I was brought up in the Salvation Army, attending all meetings and Sunday school. I never felt I was being a rebel, simply that I didn’t want to be predictable, and that I didn’t like that everyone just assumed, having grown up in the army, I would just become a senior soldier as a matter of course.

As much as I tried to rebel against what others expected of me, I couldn’t rebel forever against what God wanted of me. I eventually made my decision to commit my life to God on my 18th birthday.

Lord I offer up this rebel heart
So stubborn and so restless from the start
I don't wanna fight You anymore
So take this rebel heart and make it Yours

Father I no longer wanna run
You've broken my resistance with Your love
And drowned it underneath the crimson spill
So bend this rebel heart into Your will

I give it over to You
I give it over to You
Your love is like an arrow, straight and true
And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Help me lay the renegade to rest
Turn the stone inside me back to flesh
And hold me till my best defenses fall
And watch this rebel heart surrender all

I give it over to You
I give it over to You
Your love is like an arrow, straight and true
And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Oh, take my life and let it be Yours
Oh, take my life and let it be Yours
Oh, take my life and let it be Yours
Oh, take my life and let it be Yours

I give it over to You
I give it over to You
Your love is like an arrow, straight and true
And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Now this rebel heart belongs to You
Now this rebel heart belongs to You

So if you are rebelling against what you think others are expecting of you, or against God, you can keep on rebelling, but be assured, God won’t give up on you, ever, so give your rebel heart to God today.

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