What does it mean to give it all? Webster’s dictionary says GIVE means: to make a present of, to grant or bestow by formal action, to put in the possession of another for his or her use, to administer as a sacrament, to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason, to transfer from one’s authority or custody. And the definition of ALL is: the whole, entire, total amount, quantity or extent of. Hmmmmm, so giving it all when you are following after God simply means:
All of me as a present to God in a formal manner, putting me in His possession as a living sacrifice, committing myself to His authority, trusting that when I give my all to Him I am allowing Him to have my entire being, mind, body and soul.
Wow! Until today as I am writing this to you, I think I was deceived into believing that I could just give God what I thought He needed of me at the time. I am beginning to see the light! The light of truth. If we could only come to this place where we just give it all at one time we could see changes in us that may have taken years come to reality in a shorter period of time. Think about it, if you have a string of Christmas lights and it has 300 bulbs that fit in it and you put only one in each day it would take you 300 days before you could enjoy the lights! But if you put all the lights in it the day that you received it, the light would be on from that moment forward.
Now don’t get lost here, I have a point. When we come to know Christ in that one moment of acceptance, He gives us everything we need to survive this world, He gives us salvation and grace and unconditional love and the blessing of the Holy Spirit. What if He only gave it to us one piece at a time? Some of us would be stuck in the mud for a very long time before we came to see the fullness of Christ in our lives! But when we choose Jesus we get it all, it is that moment we should come to believe that we are to give it all to Jesus….all of our garbage: addictions, rejection, insecurities, desires, any brokenness or ungodliness.
However, this is a difficult from the standpoint of how many of us come to meet Jesus. So many of us come with such a hunger for something different yet we are too broken to figure out what part of God we should take part of first. As we grow and mature we soon discover how massive God’s love is for us and we begin to give Him more and more pieces of us. Sometimes we are so overcome by His love that we decide to just give it all to Him. This is what is happening to me right now. I have this overwhelming desire to give every tiny little but of myself over to God. I have come to this place in life where nothing else matters but God and His agenda for my life.
So I am choosing to put all the light bulbs in the string and plug into what God has for my life, are you willing to do the same?
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.
So what do you do when someone does something wrong to you and seems to not want to have anything to do with fixing the issue? What kinds of emotions are running through your mind? First your anger rises and then bitterness might set in. Then comes the explosion of emotions that you really did not want to happen. Pretty soon you probably have said or done some things that really were not so pleasant and a complete misrepresentation of the new you in Christ.
This type of incident just happened to us. John took our car to a dealership to get a deal on an oil change. When we then discovered after four days of driving it that the oil light came on, John popped the hood and found the car to be 3 quarts low on oil. Upon further investigation it was discovered the dealership had placed the wrong filter on the car at the time of the oil change. Now, needless to say John and I were a bit steamed. The final payment on the car was just paid. We really had no way of getting a new vehicle if the engine blew up in this one, so we were a bit angry when we called.
John spoke to the manager and she said for us to bring it to them and they would take a look at it. Well, that was not how we wanted it to roll. We wanted them to come get the car, knowing the dealership was in another town 30 minutes away. We did not have money for a tow charge. Some words were exchanged and we even threatened to get a lawyer for it seemed as though the dealership really was not going to doing anything. So John bought the right filter and put oil in the car and had decided to just not deal with it.
How many times do we do that with relationships? We figure it’s just not worth dealing with because nothing will be resolved. John waited a day to cool off and then drove to the dealership where he first apologized and asked for forgiveness. When he took the time to humble himself about the situation, then God could step in and show us just what favor was all about.
John left the dealership with a full refund, a 3,000 mile warranty on the engine, a new oil change with the best oil and the satisfaction that some times it takes humbling ourselves and repenting for our actions for God to do something awesome in our life. This goes back the one commandment Jesus left us with, love your neighbor. When we begin to let go of our own issues and accept that people make mistakes everyday, then we can be open to that love.
Is there some anger in you today? Have you pushed aside something that you feel won’t ever change? Maybe today, search your heart. Choose right now to look at some situations in your life that perhaps need some humbling. As for John and I, we are a work in process and sometimes we have to just take a deep breath and trust God to take care of all of our circumstances so that we can be ready to love and forgive others.
- This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Did you ever have someone tell you that you can’t do something? That your goal was not achievable? Maybe you always wanted to be something in life but for some reason there was obstacle after obstacle in your way? We all have heard the “if you can dream it, you can do it” catch phrase but how many of us dream of things we know somehow just won’t happen. I think this really goes back to my earlier blog about Matter Over Mind, if we have the mindset that we will not amount to anything, well, then there lies our fate. If, however, we choose to allow Jesus to rule our thoughts and actions, who knows where we will end up.
I know, it’s hard to wait. I feel like I have been waiting for something to happen in my life forever! Just when I think something is about to really getting going with my books, something gets in the way. One delay after another it seems, but the more I seek after God the more the reality sets in that perhaps I cannot see what God has in store for me and He is waiting for me to be fully ready to take on such a responsibility. God will never give us anything before we are ready for it.
So I encourage all of us to get rid of the “so and so said I can’t do that” attitude. Maybe we need to begin to forgive some people in our lives for speaking lies into our subconscious. Maybe we need to begin to believe in ourselves for just a moment and look to God for some answers. God did not deliver us from the hand of Satan to just accept His salvation. He has great plans for us and He even says He wants us to prosper.
Begin today to seek God on this issue. Ask Him what His desires for your life are, I can almost bet it’s exactly what you have been dreaming about doing. If it His will, He will give you the tools to complete the task. Yes, you can have those dreams if you choose to listen and obey what God speaks to you. Anything is truly possible with God.