Has God ever asked you to let go of something good in your life? Ever wondered why good things need to end? There will come a time when we will have to let go of things in our life – not just any thing, but good things. This is certainly not easy to do, but it is something that must happen for us to grow in Christ.
I have been struggling these past few weeks over a request that God has asked of me. I tried putting it off of my mind, but the guilty feeling of knowing that I was ignoring God’s request just killed me. Every sermon, scripture, and devotion time that I had with God continued to hit my heart. God has been challenging me to let go of my music studio that I have invested my time on for 5 years. I could not understand why God would ask me to let go of something so good in my life. Why would God ask me to let go of something that has brought me joy and prosperity?
I continued to ask God the “why” questions, and it wasn’t until recently that I finally understood why God might want us to let go of the good things in our lives.
It is because God wants us to live our life to the fullest.
We will have our own definitions of what a good life is, but it is only God who knows what is best for us. There are many good things we could have and do, but not everything is best for us. Trust God when he asks you to let go of something – even when that something is good. God knows the future and he knows what is best for us.
Jeremiah 17:7 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” The fact of life is that we cannot trust ourselves. As much as we want to be confident that we know it all, only God knows it all. Trusting God will require us to let go of our own securities. We can either trust God 100% or 0%. We cannot say we have sincere trust in God if it is not 100% – it’s all or nothing.
When we place our lives in God’s hand, we can be confident that he will have a hold of it and will bring our lives to the fullest. Trusting God requires us to sacrifice our lives and to go through the fire that God will place us at. We can’t eliminate our own desires because it can only be eliminated by God. We must go through the fire and allow God to permanently burn away our desires that are not grounded in God.
If we want God’s will in our lives, our own selfish desires must first be gone. That is why God places us through fires so that our own desires will disappear while his will appear. So what is the fire that we have to go through? The fire is anything that will hurt you and purify you. For me, the fire that I had to go through was letting go of my music studio. It is only through sacrificing my music studio that I could burn away my selfish desires and surrender my life to God.
To have God’s will present in our lives require us to sacrifice our lives to him no matter the cost. The only way we can live our lives to the fullest is if we give our fullest to God. Don’t think that sacrificing your life is something out of the norm because we all sacrifice our lives for something. Whatever you are living for, you are sacrificing for. If you are living for your career, then you are sacrificing for your career. If you are living for your Jesus, than you are sacrificing for Jesus. There is no such thing as life without sacrifice.
What are you sacrificing your life for? Matthew 10:39 says, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” The only way we can live our life to the fullest is to give it for God to hold and mold. God has the life you want in his hands; give up yours in exchange for his. So remember, good things must go for the better things.