“And He[Jesus] died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:17
This has always been one of my favorite Bible verses about sacrifice. It’s so poetic and simple. Jesus died for you so that you could be reconciled to God and have eternal life. Our response should be that we try and live for Him and for becoming more like Him. So many of us, myself included, want to just add God into our lives as just another thing that we do. We don’t want God to take over our lives and surrender control to Him. But if we really understood what grace was all about and how much better life is when allow God to be the potter and us the clay, we can’t help but want to live more and more for God’s plan for our lives.
But fear often gets in the way. I’ve experienced more than my share of fear and apprehension over God’s plan for my life. No one likes uncertainty, and we’re all afraid of what God will do with our lives if we really surrender and strive to live for Him who died for us and was raised again. That fear is something that each of us has do deal with. In my own life, I finally came to the realization that when I spend all my time striving after my own ambitions and desires, that I end up miserable. I have no peace, no contentment, no meaning in my life. It’s during those times that I realize that God could do no worse than what I’ve done for myself, and I fight through the fear and surrender control of my life to Him who died for me and was raised again. Fear is just something that each of us has to deal with. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll be more afraid of what will happen if you spend all of your days striving after your own selfish ambitions and come to the end of your life and feel regret over how things turned out. I don’t want to come to the end of my life and feel regret. I know that the more I surrender my life and my plans to God, the less likely I’ll be to regret the choices and desicions I make.