If your life is not your own, *what then*?

Do you struggle with turning your life completely over to God?

Surrender does not come natural to most of us. It sure doesn’t to me.

Our grandson #2 is crawling, pulling up, and about to explore that first step. You can almost see his mind working to consider the consequences of going after whatever is out of his immediate reach.

That something different and new nearly always wins out over his risk of taking a tumble or fall. So, he drops what he was already holding in his hand and surrenders himself over to the next.

As adults, we tend to take on a more controlled approach to life. Even those with a more adventurous spirit take precautions, weighing the potential outcome of surrendering ourselves to the moment – whatever that entails.

Are you hanging on or letting go?

My tendency is to hang on to my need for order. I’ve been dealing with the fallout from my preferred calendar app being discontinued. This was an app I’d been using for several years. I liked everything about it – until they announced it would no longer be maintained after a certain date.

The *fallout* reached a low point when I failed to remember my mom’s birthday. In transferring data and dates over to another calendar app, her birthday did not get plugged in. I know I should not need a calendar to remind me of my own mother’s birthday, but obviously I do.

My point was to say *I prefer order*.

And by *prefer* I mean I crave order and the security it provides. So, when I say Lord, I surrender my life over to you there are usually strings attached.

God’s Word says:  Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Jeremiah 10.23

My response:  I give my life over to You, Lord. Guide my steps and lead me where you want me to go. {However…could you not require me to do anything too uncomfortable. I am an introvert, after all. And nothing too embarrassing, please}

God’s Word says:  I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12.1

My response:  Lord, I surrender my body to You. Do with me as You will. {But, let me get this straight. Are You saying I’ve basically got to crawl up on the altar? It sounds messy. And painful. And there’s my pride. If the process is quick, though, I think I can endure it.}

Sounds like I’m writing this post just for me, but if you need to jump in, please do. We can work on *letting go* together.

To surrender is to know freedom.

As God’s child, we know His Word calls us to a life of surrender. If we can get to that point – realizing our life is not our own – we’ll experience the freedom that complete surrender brings. We’ll find peace in the middle of the uncomfortable.

If you can relinquish yourself, body and soul, to the will of the Father {even if this means getting up on the altar so that anything in you unnecessary or displeasing to Him is burned away}…

  • if you can hang on…
  • if you can lay aside your own pride…
  • if you can endure the pain and mess…
  • if you can stay in the process…

…then Freedom.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6.8

It’s the sweet freedom of knowing God’s got you. That, my friend, is the *WHAT THEN*. If your life is not your own > it belongs to God. If your life is not your own > the pressure is off. If your life is not your own > your steps are ordered and secure.

If your life is not your own > you are willing to take a risk. If your life is not your own > you are free to let go.

If your life is not your own > then you embrace the eternal freedom of the One who is alive in you.

And what then?

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About the author : Karlene Arthur

Karlene Arthur

Karlene has worked in the Christian nonprofit arena her entire adult life. She has a master of ministry from Southwestern Christian University and served the local church as worship leader, administrative pastor, and small groups director. Karlene currently serves with Visionaries International, a nonprofit missions organization founded by her father over forty years ago. She writes at whileiponder.com, sharing stories of life, faith, and family. Her mission: encouraging others to build up their faith.

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