“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV
There is little doubt that God wants us to surrender absolutely everything to Him. He wants us to copy Jesus and give in completely to His will for our lives.
Identify What You Are Holding Back
So, what are you holding back from God? Is there still that one thing that you insist on hanging on to? In what area (or areas) of your life are you still doing things your way?
- Is it with your time?
- How about your finances?
- Maybe you need to forgive someone?
- Perhaps you are a gossip?
- Are you handling your relationships properly?
- How grateful are you?
- Do you worry too much?
If you let Jesus examine your life, what would He say that you need to change? This can sometimes be hard to admit. There are often things we hold on to that we just don’t want to give up.
However, Jesus guarantees us that if we do surrender it all to Him, that we will receive a hundred times as much in return. That’s a pretty awesome offer!
So, how do you know if you are holding something back from God? Well, it is generally pretty clear. If you are unhappy, discontent, burdened, struggling, stressed or fearful, then you have something that you need to surrender to God.
Let Him have it. It is time to copy Jesus and say, “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Give It All to Your Heavenly Father
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. John 6:38 ESV
Conform all of your life to the will of the Father and you will be amazed at how much peace, contentment and joy will come your way. Your circumstances may or may not improve, but inside all will be well.