Recently I was listening to some Christian music and a song came on with lyrics (and I’m paraphrasing here) that basically were asking our Father in Heaven to take complete and total control of their life. To turn it upside down and inside out in order to be a true servant of the Lord. And I couldn’t help wondering, “Okay, that’s all fine and good to say something like that, but, are you truly ready for that? To completely surrender yourself and everything and everyone in your life to the Lord?” And I don’t mean ready in the sense of thinking it’ll never happen to you, I mean ready in the sense that it can happen to you. Or better yet, that it WILL happen to you. It’s easy to say, but is it so easy to do? Because, woe to those who speak but do not do.
My thoughts turn now to people like Abraham, who was ready to slaughter his beloved son because Father commanded it. And also to Moses, who parted from his beloved wife and sons, to perform Father’s work of leading the Israelites through the wilderness. And last but not least, all of Christ’s apostles who left their families, friends and loved ones, homes and belongings to preach Christ’s message in foreign lands. Now I ask you, would you do these things?
Before you answer, think. Truly think. Think about the comfort, safety and familiarity of the home in which you live and of the people in your life and also of the security of the job at which you work. Think about the possessions you have. Think about things you may have collected that sit on shelves or in closets around your home and the mementos of days gone by. Also about the pets you may also have that you love dearly. Then think about leaving it all behind because Father asks it of you. Would you risk the possibility of hurting those you love dearly by leaving them to do Father’s will? Do you love all of the material things more than you do Father? Would you truly leave it all behind to do Father’s will? Or, do you love all the people and things that are of this dying world and that are not part of Father’s overall plan, more?
Matthew 22:37-39 "He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Something that I have learned recently is that my life is not my own. The human vessel I was given was created by, and belongs to, Father. My spirit was also created by Father and is guided by Him via my heart. My mind has been trained via His holy words in the Scriptures and they have filtered down into my heart where they have taken root. Therefore, in knowing all of this, I have completely submitted myself to Him; in loving Him above all else and allowing Him to guide my footsteps. When we seek Father’s will, He speaks to our hearts and when we have His will first and foremost in our minds and our hearts, He takes care of us as His true children and member’s of Christ’s flock.
Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.”
If you’ve read this far and have determined in your mind and in your heart that yes, I would do whatever it took to do Father’s will and completely surrender yourself to Him, then I would also like to add that there is nothing to fear. Our beloved Father in heaven loves those who love Him and will care for you with tenderness and compassion, providing for your needs in every way. So if you’re truly ready, take the leap of faith and look forward to experiencing what no eye has seen and no ear has heard; secure in the knowledge that you truly are a beloved son or daughter of a Father who will never abandon you.
1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man's heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him."