“Keep your minds fixed on things [above], not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when He appears, then you too will appear with Him and share His glory!” -Colossians 3:2-4
There is a popular song on the Christian charts entitled, “I Give Myself Away.” The lyrics tell the story of someone pledging their life to God’s service: “Take my heart, take my life as a living sacrifice; All my dreams, all my plans–Lord I place them in your hands.” In other words, the songwriter is saying my life is not my own. Many of us would take issue with this. In fact, it is one of the primary aspects of Christianity that holds folks back from seeking and accepting Salvation through Christ’s work on the cross. Plain and simple: we want to be in total control of our lives; we don’t want to answer to anyone but ourselves, and our independence is to be preserved at all cost.
Honestly, I believe it boils down to one thing: choice. We have the choice to “do life” in our own strength, or to trust the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God in us to guide us. In order for this to happen, we have to choose to yield to God’s sovereign will. By doing so, we give up the human right to be selfish, and mindful of only our personal interests. Truthfully, when we give ourselves away for God’s supreme use, we win, too. Being hidden in Christ (see above) is not a death sentence to personal gain. Dying is required, but not in the way we humans typically think of death. In much the same way we seek to please our parents, our spouses and other loved ones, a life hidden in Christ is one that puts the well-being of others in a place of priority. We gain joy in knowing we’ve been instrumental in making the load of another person lighter.
I don’t know about you, but when I choose selfishly, I lose. When I choose to be a blessing to others, I win. I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13), and that includes giving myself away so He can use me. -WordsInPrint by Suni
Sovereign God: Teach us how to trust the plan You’ve always had in mind for our lives. Teach us to desire Your will, and to willingly walk in it. In times like these, allow Your peace to keep us, Your joy to uplift us, Your love to embrace us, and Your comfort to sustain us. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
First published March 30, 2011 as FB Note