If you are a Christian, you have probably heard the passage in Galatians 2:20 that says I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me. Following God means we are giving up our lives to Him, for His purpose, no matter the cost.
For most of us, this may be pretty easy because our lifestyle before becoming a Christian wasn’t that bad. But then maybe there are some of you out there who led much different lives before coming to Christ, and it was a struggle to give up things you enjoyed but knew were sinful.
This post is for Christians who say “Yes God” to giving up most of our life…except for that one thing.
By one thing I mean something you refuse to give up control of, such as finances, a relationship, job, etc. We have no problem telling God we will gladly stop drinking alcohol or listening to top 40 radio, but when He asks us to surrender our fears about money, we cling for deal life. Why is that? If we can trust God with our salvation, why not something much smaller?
It’s a control issue, right? We think about not having control over whatever issue stresses us out, and that makes us uneasy. If we don’t have control, we don’t know what will happen. That’s where faith comes in. In this post I outlined some ways to help us release our death grip on whatever burden we are shouldering.
What if the thing you won’t give up is not really a burden, or even a stress factor, but rather something that is hindering your walk with Christ? It could be a certain friend, a lifestyle choice, habit, or something else. In the teen Bible study I’m leading we are talking about sins of the heart (like lying, gossiping, and making excuses) and I’ve challenged us all to go a whole week without committing any of those sins. If you struggle with one of those “heart sins, maybe you don’t even want to try giving it up because it’s just something that comes naturally, and trying to fight it would be too much work.
Whatever your one thing is, I challenge you to prayerfully work towards giving it up. If you think you have a pretty good life now, imagine all the other blessings God will give you once you truly give Him your all. And if you think you’ve been dealt a bad hand in life, maybe it’s because you refuse to let God take over. Hopefully you can surrender your one thing to Him, and begin to see your life turning around.