“…Till my trophies at last I lay down.”

  • “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
  • So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it some day for a crown.”

“The Old Rugged Cross” is certainly one of the Church’s most beloved hymns, but in today’s “Emergent Church” era, these hymns have been replaced by more hip, contemporary music. It is easy to forget the lessons these old hymns taught us when we sang them in our youth.

I was having a moment with the Lord, singing this song when it popped in my head, and it struck me: “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down.”

“Till my trophies at last I lay down…”

What a perfect summation of “The Dark Privilege,” or as David Murrow describes it, “The Journey of Submission.” We talk quite frequently about how “yieldedness” must precede “authority” in Christ, and what are we yielding? We are yielding our agendas and plans, and we are yielding our “trophies.” What a great word. What have my trophies been? Quite frankly, my designer sunglasses, my career aspirations and achievements, my dream car, my toys, indulgence in food, etc. What do all these things have in common? Pleasure and fulfillment, and in most cases, some sense of identity.

Brothers and sisters, we must allow the Lord, the One who designed us in the first place, to proceed in His great workmanship. We must allow Him to strip us, layer by layer, of everything we have hid behind under the guise of “Identity.” It has all been a sham. He will not stop until we are content in Him, and Him alone.

What are the trophies in your life? Are they possessions? Are they practices? Are they sensations? Are they achievements? Is it reputation? Is it “ministry?”

He wants it all.

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2 responses to ““…Till my trophies at last I lay down.”

  • Freeman

    This reminds me when God challenged Gideon to tear down the altars of Baal (worldliness) and Asherah (sensuality)….and made me see for the first time that I was a polytheistic Christian! Gideon had to be violent and involve his colleagues to get the job done. It was a very real battle against the dark things that had imprisoned him and those he loved and the power and goodness and freedom…of Yahweh.
    Today I think most of us American Christians are practicing polytheists and it will take some violence to tear down these altars in our lives.
    Art Hobba has outlined the pathway to sustained freedom in an awesome new book, being compared to “Wild at Heart” entitled “Called To War.” I saw that if you go to http://core300.org/paypal/called_to_war_ebook.htm?blog you can get a free ebook…285 pages! Walk Worthy, Freeman.

  • zzz

    Wow cool stuff dude. or dudette. I love the song :).

    Leviticus 19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

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