In my study this morning, I was reading Mark 10:17-22 where this rich man asked Jesus how to secure a spot in Heaven. Jesus told the man to follow the commandments, which the man said he did. But then Jesus told him that there was one last thing that He needed to do which was getting rid of all of his possessions and family. The man who wanted to get to heaven and obeyed the commandments walked away sad because he was willing to do everything but to give up what he owned.
Do you struggle with letting go of your old self and surrendering your whole life to God?
I have because like the rich man, I didn’t want to let go of some of the worldly riches and activities that I enjoyed. You know, have your cake and eat it too.
When I first got saved I chose what I gave to God. “I believe in you but I won’t stop having sex.” I lived in this grey area for about a year. I did not want to give up all of me because I was afraid that I would lose the world I was so comfortable in. And to be honest, I struggled. I lived in between two worlds and I did not grow at all. I was stuck.
Our faith does not work like that. You can’t live in both worlds, you have to choose one. If you are holding on to parts of unwarranted things while trying to live righteously, God will not have the room to move completely in your life. You have to let go of the old to make room for Christ and his riches.
God wants us to let go of everything so that He can truly make us new creations. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we’re told that when we get saved the old us passes away. We are called to leave our old selves behind because we have a new and better life ahead with Christ.
Through His grace upon your total surrender God can freely flow through you to do extraordinary work within you. Surrendering your life to Christ allows you the opportunity to walk into all that God has called you to be.
Don’t be like the rich man in Mark 10 who misses out on his best life because he doesn’t want to let go of his possessions. You don’t lose anything when you walk away from your old life and take up the cross, you actually gain a new life which is exceedingly and abundantly far more than you could ever ask for!
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
Before we enter this 2nd quarter of the year, let’s walk away from our old lives so that we can walk into what Christ has for us!
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