Fresh Hope – 31st October 2019

From the moment we are born, we have to let go. We are let go from our umbilical chord, which connects us to our mother. We soon reach an age where we have to let go of being at home with our parents all day, and go to school. After those years, we let go of that era and move into the next – a working career. At one point we let go of living at home, and for some, have our own children, which we also have to learn to let go of.

Notice that in all these life examples of letting go (and there are many more) there are two common trends:

1. Letting go is a healthy part of growing up. Imagine a 40-Year-old man still at home with his mother drinking milk from a bottle, never having gone to school, because he was never ‘let go’.
2. You cannot move into the new season, unless there is a letting go of the present season. New ground correlates with letting go of old ground.

It is the same principle in our spiritual lives. We cannot move into the next thing that God has for us, unless we let go of something that we are comfortable with now. If we are still hanging onto something from an old season – old relationships, old habits and attitudes, old hang-ups and offences, old ways of doing things, it makes it very difficult for God to usher us into our next stage.

Letting go is about surrender. The degree to which you surrender, is the degree to which God is able to use you and move you into the new.

Matthew 16:25 says, ‘For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep’.

Surrender is a letting go of your agenda, letting go of what you think is best, letting go of yourcomfort, plans, ideals, your attitudes and issues, unhealthy relationships, and instead positioning yourself in a new, perhaps vulnerable space where God can grow and use you.

This tells me that the Christian life is not about seeking comfort. The opposite in fact. Letting go is rarely easy, fun, and comfortable. It is always a challenge, stretching and painful, but totally necessary if we intend on reaching our fullest potential. Letting go is a heart position of, ‘God, I trust that your ways are better than mine. So have your way with me!’.

Despite the initial challenge we all face in letting go, when we finally reach a point of surrender, we will find that it is actually quite freeing! And as promised, a catalyst for reaching your potential and finding life as God meant it for you!

‘Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing’ (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Emma Burchell

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