I desperately wanted to write fiction not non-fiction! I desperately wanted a loving relationship with a man! I desperately wanted an easy, comfortable life! I desperately wanted to live in Ireland! I desperately wanted to rescue more and more dogs and adopt them out! I desperately wanted to live near the beach! Oh, I desperately knew what I wanted in life and desperately strove to get and hold onto it!
My wants would change from time to time. But always I was willing to go to any lengths to get them no matter what they were and no matter the cost with the strong conviction I knew what was best for what I considered to be MY LIFE! But the Lord has since changed all that as He has given me a deep understanding of the verse below in which He calls His followers to “lose” our lives for His sake!
Friend, a full-fledged follower of Christ is to give up every want, wish, and way that does not line up with His will for our lives. If it’s not His will and not according to His ways, we need to let it go. Surrender it. Sacrifice it. Forsake it. Lose it. For Jesus. And live instead the life He has planned for us according to His wants, wishes, and ways for us. My life today looks so vastly different than anything I could possibly have imagined, but I wouldn’t change this for anything. For in exchange for letting go what I wanted that didn’t line up with God’s will for me, I have received a deep and ever-growing intimacy with Jesus Christ as Lord, Father, friend, Savior, healer, redeemer, deliverer, provider, protector, comforter, master, companion, and so very much more – beyond imagination.
The Lord by His Spirit through His Word over time has transformed me from a self-centered, selfish woman who lived for self according to the world’s ways to a woman sold out to Christ who lives for Him according to His ways.
As I have fallen more and more in love with Jesus as I have spent more and more time in His presence loving Him, praising Him, worshiping Him, seeking Him, praying to Him, hearing from Him, and growing, and more and more time reading the Bible and learning to live by it, I have become more and more willing to lose MY LIFE and my selfish desires and instead to live the life He has called me to live.
Friend, truth is for a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord, what we perceive to be OUR LIVES are truly now HIS. For He has purchased us from the blood He shed on the cross for us. We are now to be WHOLLY HIS. And we with the lives He has given us are to live WHOLEHEARTEDLY FOR HIM.
Lose your life for Christ, friend. Give up any want, wish, and way that does not line up with the Lord’s plan for your life. And know a love and intimacy and hope and joy and peace with Jesus Christ as Lord and in Him and through Him that surpasses beyond imagination any fleeting pleasure you could have through your fleshly desires He calls you to forsake for Him.
Father, this was SO HARD to write! I felt the devil coming so hard at me to try to stop me from writing this message. I can only imagine you have plans for it. I pray in the name of Jesus, dear Father, that you would help every reader forsake absolutely everything in their lives you desire they let go so they live wholly and wholeheartedly for you, dear heavenly Father, AMEN!
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20