As a Christian, I sometimes wonder why I hold back in obedience to Christ and living in the full abundance of what He has for me. What do I have to lose?
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)
The illusion that you own anything
Why do I hold on to the approval of man, when my only valid approval comes from God? Why protect my pride when God sees the depths of my flawed and crooked heart and loves me the same? Do I truly even own my stuff? When I lose it, can I not simply appeal to the Creator of the Universe who owns everything and every cattle on the thousand hills. God spoke the world into existence, can He not provide what I need?
Perhaps this is all because I am living with the illusion that my life is my own and that I have something to lose. Not at all. The truth, in fact, is this: my name is written in the Book of Life, before the foundation of the world. My Heavenly Father has given me to Christ. Nothing can snatch me out of Jesus’ hand, Jesus said so Himself. In fact, my life belongs to Him. What could go wrong?
My life cannot be lost, in fact, He promises that those who keep His word will never see death.
The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ (John 8:52 ESV)
Losing your life for His sake
Moreover still, as I love Christ more and my life less, how much fuller my life becomes, how much more filled with abundance! Is it not true that those who lose their life for His sake will find it? Fear no longer holds me back; I am free to obey and do all the works that God has prepared for me to do.
Better still, the less I love my life and the more I love Christ, how much more satisfaction and glory I bring Him. I begin to become more and more restored to do all that I was ever designed to do which is to worship God freely in spirit and truth. For even though the enemy is allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them, my seeming defeat would be but God glorifying death-defying faithfulness on to my Lord.
Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, (Revelation 13:7ESV)
So I say again, nothing can take your life when your life belongs to Christ.
What are the things you’re holding on to? What areas in your life are you finding it hard to give over to Christ? What does it mean to you to understand that nothing can take your life when it you realise that it belongs to Him?