I like Pastor Malcolm’s sermons. They make me think. They act as a launchpad for what I think God may be trying to tell me. Today’s sermon was Matthew 10:39 “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.”
I think a lot of us get caught up in our plans. We make plans for our time as something we control. We choose where, when, and how to work. We make plans for our free time whether it be a staycation or a vacation. We choose how we serve, frequently choosing activities that are easy as opposed to actually being something we’re spiritually gifted at. Our focus is what we want, what we think. We forget to bring God into the mix.
Matthew 10:39 speaks to the backwards nature of the Christian Life. Frequently, what we want and what God wants are different. The interesting part is that if we cling to our life, we lose it. If we cling to what we want, what we think we need, what we do with our time, it loses the meaning and blessing that comes from God. But if we give up our life for Christ, we are blessed beyond measure!
So, how do we do this? We give up our own ideas as to how we want to live our life and rely on God to determine how our lives will go and turn to Him. Prayerfully, we turn over our time to Him to use as He sees fit. We fear turning over control, but by doing that He blesses us more abundantly than we can imagine. We find meaning and purpose in following His will. We find our life.