“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” – Luke 9: 24 (NLT)
Why is it so hard for us to FULLY submit? We are creatures of worry – always making a backup plan for when something might not come through.
*But is it worry, or a lack of faith?
There are a lot of stories I hear of people putting all of their eggs in one basket, left to rely solely on God to survive – but very few people I actually know. How can we expect God to fully bless us if He knows we have a fallback if He doesn’t ? That’s like getting wedding insurance just in case you don’t feel like loving her or him one morning (sadly, I think this is how a lot of people view marriage today). The reality is that isn’t how it’s meant to work! Faith, like marriage (so I hear), is a lot of work. It’s not something to be given up on. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.’ Turns out, it’s true with faith too.
You have to work through the struggles to know your real strength.
I am definitely an over-analyzer. I’m found guity of buying ‘Faith Insurance,’ and I definitely recognize this as something I need to work on. Here’s something I think about when I find myself buying the ‘faith insurance’ that is so intriguing: When you meet God and he asks what you’ve done, do you want to say, “Well God, I tried to live radically, following You, but it didn’t work out, so I guess it’s a good thing I had that job lined up JUST IN CASE,” or do you want to be one of the ones saying “I had no other option but YOU. Times got hard, but YOU were ALL I had to hang my hat on. ”
It makes it pretty obvious why our plans might not of worked out when you look at it from the view of a conversation with God – we were never fully invested, so what did we really expect?
If we live like the second guy, imagine the sheer joy of that moment when God comes through and executes His plan. When it comes to faith, we should probably delete the phrase “JUST IN CASE” from our vocabulary. Ever notice how JUST IN CASE sounds a lot like LACK OF FAITH?
“Without Christ a man must fail miserably, or succeed even more miserably.” – William MacDonald