“…if anyone wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way…”
For the longest time, I tried to follow Jesus while holding on tightly to my own way. I attempted to call the shots in my walk with Him, doing what I felt like and then asking Him to bless it.
Then one day, I heard something that made me stop and think.
There’s space for only one King on the throne of our hearts.
I realized that I had been trying to battle with Him over the course and purpose of my life. And it wasn’t really working out for me.
Have you ever been in this position, Unwilling to let go of the reins of control in your life? How’s that working out for you?
Recently I was listening to a teaching and the pastor asked, “what is worship?” After everyone attempted to explain what they understood by it, we saw from Scripture that at the heart of it, worship is sacrifice. Every time “worship” was used in the Bible, it was in reference to someone paying homage/humbly making obeisance to God while offering a sacrifice.
Under the New Covenant we no longer need to sacrifice lambs and bulls to worship (thank God!), but there’s still an element of sacrifice- our will, our pride, our talents, our resources. Romans 12:1 (AMPC) says, “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational,, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.”
Becoming disciples of God means that we let go of our selfish ambitions and remain devoted to Him and obedient to His commands. It means that we accept His Lordship over our lives and align ourselves to the purpose He prepared for us instead of the one we dreamt up for ourselves.
The thing is, at the heart of it, our reluctance to follow God wholeheartedly is a sign of unbelief. It shows that we don’t really trust that He has everything that pertains to us under control.
Giving up control is never easy because there’s always that thought at the back of our minds that we know best for ourselves. But who knows the original purpose of a thing better than its inventor?
Have you been unwilling to hand over control to God? Why do you think that is?