Jesus said : “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it” (Luke 17:33 NLT).
Jesus said it again in Luke 9:24 (NLT): “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
It seems that it is the norm now-a-days to cling to what we know and to defend our position and “right-ness” as if our lives depended on it. We cling to our stuff, our phones, our position, and to our routines because that’s what we have right in front of us. It’s what is tangible.
But is it working? Are we happy? Are we content? Are we living peacefully with the people in your life?
If we were honest (which is hard to do in matters of real importance), we may say “no”. We’re not happy. We’re not content. But we don’t know why.
Jesus’ solution to living the lives that we all long for is actually to give up our lives for His sake.
So what does it mean, really, to let our life go? Does it mean to give up on living? No. Does it mean to not take responsibility or to let go of caring? No.
It means to surrender our life, to let go of our grip on our life, to actually give up on trying to be God, so that God can work a miracle in our life.
The message of this scripture is repeated several times in the Gospels, and it’s the same each time–clinging to a false reality that our control will gain us something will actually lead to death; however, surrendering our life to Jesus will actually get us the life we long for, both now and into eternity.
So today, let your life go. Not just to anything, but to Someone who knows what you really need. What we all need is to give up our lives for Jesus’ sake.
When we do, we will really start to live.
I’ve been clinging to my life.
I’ve been holding on to what I know.
I want to believe that my letting go of my life to You
Please forgive me for my doubt and my stubbornness.