I recently had a conversation with a pastor friend who shared with me that he was having difficulty trusting God. Does it surprise you that someone who often preached on the topic of grace was afraid to release control and trust God? Yes, pastors, theologians and regular believers, we all have issues. On one hand, letting go and trusting God may be one of the most difficult things to do. Yet, on the other, it is also the key to experiencing the abundant life that Jesus came to give us!
attempt to live out this life in Christ, the depth of this new experience is incredibly difficult to comprehend. It's like jumping into the ocean and being told to discover what's on the bottom. Where do I begin and how do I accomplish this? How do I live by and in God's grace and not do this life on my own?
One of my favorite poems gives us another wonderful picture of this life in Christ:
- You will discover a new purpose for living, so much greater than living for self.
- You will be able to rest comfortably knowing that you don't have to have control of people and all things in your life.
- You will begin to make choices that benefit others more than yourself, loving people, not using them for your benefit.
- You will swim against the stream, bucking the trend of popularity, power, and the materialistic life our culture promotes.
- You will be able to face your fears and not be afraid to fail.
- You will begin to choose to risk pain and suffering over security and comfort.
- When you put your head on your pillow at night, you will rest in peace, not anxious and worried about what may happen the next day, month or year.
- You will be excited about what each new day brings and look forward to the adventure that Christ has prepared for you.
- You will begin to love God and live out the principles and truths that you preach or teach.
- You will understand grace more and more and yet you'll discover that the ocean of God's love and grace is deeper and wider than you ever imagined.