Something interesting about digging deep into the soul is that you find yourself revisiting areas that you’ve already been to. Pastor Tom Duchemin just started a new series at Christ Memorial and it once again struck a chord with me. Open Hands… I feel like it is a daily thing to make sure that my hands are open for God to do what He wants with my life.
I love how something like this is important for everyone, no matter where they are in life. You may know Christ or you may know of Him, either way releasing the grip is important. To me this comes down to Lordship, what are you willing to give up? What do you cling on to so tightly that you’re squeezing the life out of it? Sometimes this happens when you have a dream or a goal. You know what you want to do and where you want to go, you have a firm grasp on it. Life happens though and if we’re not willing to change our plans for what God has in store, we might be in a little bit of trouble.
Have you ever tried to hold on to a fish that has just come out of the water. It’s wiggling and squirming back and forth, it’s hard to hold onto. Eventually it’ll grow tired or you’ll knock it out and it’ll be still, what if that fish got away? Would you keep fishing? Try to find something better? Life has a way of changing direction so quickly that if we squeeze too tightly we’ll be stuck holding on for dear life.
I am once again, giving God control and releasing those things that I tend to let my grip tighten down on over and over, day in and day out.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.