“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
Luke 6:38, MSG
What does it mean to give away your life?
It’s a heavy question. If you’re a Christian, at one point, you’ve said something like, “Jesus, I give my life to You.” In one big moment, you’ve given it all to Him. You were overcome by your trust that He is good, that He is for you, that He has a plan and a purpose for your life. You are certain that He is much more equipped to guide your life than you are, and with your connection to Him, you can grow and change in amazing ways.
As time goes on, however, the power of that moment may seem to fade. The things of this world pull you away from your time with Him. They tug at your points of connection to Him and you stop relying on His wisdom and His love. Without connection, the sense of trust begins to dull. You wonder if in fact your own desires are actually better, if your own plan is actually more secure, if you can just do what you want to do. Your way seems safer. God’s way seems risky.
What if God asked you this morning, “Is your life still in My hands?” How would you answer that? There’s no shame here. God never uses shame to get us to turn to Him. It’s simply an invitation to be drawn back into that moment when we fully trusted Him—to remember and reflect—past, present, and future.
Sometimes the things that happen to us in between the moment we trusted Jesus with our life and the present time can skew our image of God. If this is the case for you, ask Him where He was in those moments. Allow Him to show you who He really is. Rebuild your trust with and in Him so that you know that giving your life to Him doesn’t put you in the red, but in fact sets you up for abundance.
Are there any areas of your life that you have taken back from God?
What’s one way you can deepen your connection with Jesus this week?
Jesus, show me ways that I can stay connected to you so that I always remember that You are for me and that You are trustworthy. Amen.