Daily Devotional- Let Go
“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.” – Matthew 16:25
Letting go is hard. We feel bad when we lose something. We are more prone to hold on than to let go because of fear. There is a fear that we may one day need what we’re letting go of. There is a fear of uncertainty and new things; a fear of losing out if we were to let go. Fear will drive us to do everything we can to hold on, and convince us that it’s safer to hang on to the things already in our hands. So we hold on to our own expectations, experiences and ways of doing things.
But God’s perfect love casts out fear. We can trust that God loves us and has the best intentions for us. He is not trying to take something from us; He wants to give us something better! If we want to trust God’s leadership in our lives, we need to learn to let go. Jesus says that if we try to hang on to our life, we will lose it! We must let go of our own plans or dreams, so we can receive God’s plans for us. We must let go of past hurts or memories so that God can heal us deeply. We must let go of some unhealthy relationships so that we can get into community with people who will spur us on in the things of God. When we release control of our own lives, we position ourselves for more.
What are some things in your life that you have been holding on to that you need to let go?