Giving up on our self-directed lives often feels like death. And in a huge sense it is! Continually turning over full management of our lives to God can be a very scary experience. But the paradox is that it’s the only way to truly receive the life for which we were created. That’s why Jesus talks dying as the entrance to real living for a grain of wheat (John 12:24). The process begins with the surrender of salvation but continues with the daily obedience to and following of Jesus’ commands. In other words, staying connected.
I’m also learning that it’s extremely easy to walk through life unaware of the eternal significance of the things I am doing. This was the experience of Jesus’ closest friends (John 12:16), who didn’t realize that even their mundane tasks had incredible significance and were helping fulfill ancient prophecy.
Lord, please help me not be afraid to be totally yielded to You in every way. And in the process, please open my eyes that I will be aware of the eternal significance of every task I do today, including all my meetings and appointments. AMEN