Lately I have been struggling with giving complete control over to the Lord. Mainly this issue has been coming up because I am having trouble trusting Him wholeheartedly. I still try to control things that should be held in His hands. I feel like we all wrestle with the issue of relinquishing control. America has always told us that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt). And while that is an admirable sentiment and it does ring with some truth, we need to remember that as Christians, our job on earth is to tell others about Christ and to be lights to the world. Our goal is not our self-glorification. We are only visitors here and our true home is in heaven. The Bible describes our time on earth as a “like a breath; [our] days are like a fleeting shadow” (Psalm 144:4). So how do we live our lives to honor and glorify God? How do we keep perspective when the world is pulling us in a different direction?
Go All In
This is a scary thing to do. My generation is especially terrified of commitment. We never want to label anything. Half the time we date we don’t even know whether we’re “official” because we don’t want to put labels on anything. We take pride in the fact that we don’t fit into stereotypes and we can’t generalize ourselves with a single word. But in the Christian walk, we need to commit 100%. 1 John 1:6-7 says,
“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin.”
We have to go all in.
We can’t live our lives going to church on Sundays but living in debauchery Thursday night- Saturday night. The Christian walk is about having a love affair with the creator of the Universe. It’s an “all consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24). He must pervade every aspect of our lives. You shouldn’t live your life with one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. You have to go all in.
What does going all in mean?
Going all in spiritually means making God your priority. It means waking up earlier than you normally would to pray, read your Bible, and center your heart around God. It means changing your habits so that they honor God. Philippians 4:8 says,
“Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
I’ve had to change many habits because of that verse. It means seeing ways that you can serve others around you to show them the love of Christ. You can serve others through your church, school, or another avenue. Throughout my sophomore year of college I tutored a little girl named Chloe every Wednesday and saw firsthand how Christ used my influence to help her realize her worth in Him.
You are not alone
Jumping head first into your walk with God does not mean you are alone. It may seem like you are alone when you are trying to walk a different direction than all your friends. But God is with you. In fact, God gives you the strength to walk with Him. Furthermore, without His help, we would not be capable. John 15:4 says,
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
You must lean into God as you walk. You have to rely on Him to get anything done as a Christian. God promises to give you strength as you realize that in your weakness, His strength is perfected (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It is ok to be weak.
It is ok to be vulnerable.
That is how God wants us. He wants us to realize how much we need Him and how apart from Him we can do nothing. John Piper explains, “Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that he will provide the help we need.” We need to pray. We need to cry out to God. Having Christ in our heart means that we can approach God with boldness and confidence (Hebrews 4:16). Having Christ dwell in our hearts has instilled a power and strength within us that only comes from the Lord.
I encourage you to jump headfirst into your walk with the Lord. Relinquish control and power. Give it to the Lord. Allow Him to shape and mold your life into His perfect plan. See what He uses to create beauty and further His kingdom. Lean into His word and approach His throne with confidence through prayer and petition. Find ways to serve those around you and minister to them. Allow His spirit to shine through you and your interactions with those around you. We have been set free as daughters of the King and it’s time we started living like that.