Fresh Hope – 9th January 2020

In John 12:25 Jesus says, ‘The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever!’ (John 12:25). 

By ‘detach from his life’ does Jesus mean he wants us to quit our jobs, sell our homes and flee to the forest? Definitely not! This scripture is a matter of challenging our priorities. 

As many of us ‘reset’ for a new year, review the year gone, where we are at now, and cultivate new goals and ambitions in alignment with where we want to be, let us ask ourselves: 

What are we building towards? What really matters to us? Who does our life belong to? Is our life about our own feeble plans and goals, or God’s plan for us? 

A life built on pleasuring and pampering self is futile and ultimate completely unsatisfying. It is also a waste of a precious life. A life surrendered, a life ‘let go’ to God is fruitful and ultimately fulfilling. 

Abandoning yourself to God is scary, but like a bird spreading its wings and leaving its nest, it is also freeing. 

As you look forward to the year ahead, consider the plans that you perhaps need to ‘abandon’ to God. 

In Ephesians 1:2, Paul speaks of Jesus imparting ‘total wellbeing into our lives’ or in another word, ‘peace’ into our lives… But it isn’t a worldly peace. It is more than just a feeling of tranquility. Hebrew peace (as in the context of this scripture) is referring to a steady heart and complete wellbeing in soul, and mind. 

Ephesians 1 goes on to talk about how God has a plan for us. 

If you were to highlight key words in Ephesians, you would find words and phrases like (Passion Translation): Spiritual blessing, chose us, riches of grace, plan of His heart, redemptions promises, unfailing purpose, destiny, future inheritance. 

Ephesians wasn’t written to people who weren’t Christians yet, these words were for devoted Christians, people following Christ already – there was more for them. God had big plans for them. Equally, He has an inheritance for you. He has chosen you, has a destiny and future for you. There are ‘redemption promises’ and ‘riches of grace’ for you to tap into in 2020!

There is more for you on the other side of letting go.

Emma Burchell

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