Let it go

In this world of doom and gloom how can we experience the peace, wonders and miracles of God in our life? How can we see God actively working in our life? You can find the answers for these questions in this blog.

Once Jesus said this parable:

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

That is the LAW OF THE KINGDOM. The law of the Kingdom is: You give everything to God and he will give it back to you. He may not give you as you expected it but he will definitely surprise you and exceed your expectations.

There are laws of Physics such as law of gravity, law of motion, thermodynamics etc. If you don’t follow the law of gravity you will fall. If you want to build an aeroplane, you need to follow certain laws for the design of the aeroplane. Otherwise the plane will not fly.

Likewise one of the most important law of the Kingdom is centred around this verse:

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

In other words:

You have to die so that you can live!

You have to lose it to keep it!

You have to let go so that you can receive it!

You have to empty yourself so that he can fill you!

You give everything to God and see what happens. I challenge you that your life will never be the same. You will start seeing the wonders of God in your life. Throughout the bible God has done wonders and miracles when people let go everything for him.

Talking about Moses the bible said, “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” Moses had a rough journey in life. Because of his faith in God he lost everything. He lost the luxury of living in the Egyptian palace. He lost his family and friends. He lived in a desert as a nomad. When God met him in that desert the first question he asked was “What’s in your hand?” Moses had nothing but a staff. He asked Moses to throw it down. When Moses put his staff down it became a snake. It was as though God saying to Moses you left everything for me and now I am going to do wonders for you. When you let go of what’s in your hand, God will do wonders in your life. Some of you reading this blog have left everything for God and God is saying to you I am going to do wonders in your life.

Elisha went to the house of a widow and asked “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” That widow said “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”  Elisha said ,“Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbours—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Isn’t it amazing that before God did the miracle he wanted the widow to pour the last drops of oil into the jars. The widow could have easily said “It’s the last jar I have and I can’t afford to waste it”. But she was willing to pour it out for God. Also remember God was looking for empty vessels and not full or half filled vessels. If you want to be used by God you need to be empty. In other words you need to give up everything for God. May be you are in a situation just like this widow. You tried everything and have come to the end of yourself. You don’t have anything except for some last drops of oil. God wants you to pour even till the last drops for him. Just let go of what’s in your hands. God is looking for empty vessels to fill. He wants you to be an empty vessel. God wants to do wonders in your life.

The biggest question is what’s in your hand? What are you holding on to? What are you pre-occupied with? What bothers you?

Whatever it is God wants you to let it go. May be you are holding on to past relationships or hurts and pain or failures. God is saying you need to let it go. 

C.S Lewis said,

“Getting Over A Painful Experience Is Much Like Crossing Monkey Bars. You Have To Let Go At Some Point in order to move forward”

Letting go of everything means letting go of your ego and  pride and loving unconditionally people around you. This means letting go of the bitterness and anger and living in harmony. This means loving people no matter what they do. Sometimes we argue and fight for silly things. We become bitter and angry for silly things. But there is a beautiful and wise prayer in the bible that says: “Teach us to number our days”. Often we fail to understand we have a limited time in this earth.  There is no point in being bitter and angry against our loved ones. There are so many important things to do before we leave this earth than being bitter and angry all day.

We stayed in a beach side resort in Wales few years back. On the last day of our holidays we came to our resort around 7 p.m as the sun was just setting and I felt like I should go to the beach and take a picture. So I went and started capturing pictures. Of all the pictures I caught one picture took me by surprise. I thought I was capturing a happy family going for a walk on a promenade. But when I saw the picture I just saw a shadow behind a beautiful sunset. That’s when God reminded whether its a happy moment or a dull moment or a sad moment our lives are just a shadow behind his grand design. It reminded me of the verse that says:

“Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.”

Also another verse in the bible says :

For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?”

Every moment in our life is a fleeting shadow. Don’t cling to that one specific shadow of the past and lose your present and future. Don’t get entangled in the rat-race and cause pain and hurts to others around you. Don’t live to prove to others that you are good. Let go of all bitterness, hurts and pain and take time to love others.

In the old testament God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. So Abraham obeyed and took his son to a mountain to sacrifice. The little boy carried the wood required to build an altar. An ALTAR is a place of sacrifice. On his way the little boy innocently asked “Dad, where is the sheep?” Abraham replied “God will provide.” He built an altar and placed his son on that altar and was about to sacrifice him. It was at the point God intervened and said “Do not lay a hand on the boy..” God then provided a sheep to be sacrificed instead of Isaac. 2000 years later, Jesus walked towards that same mountain carrying his own cross. He was nailed on the cross and gave his life. Did God intervene this time? No. Because this was the sheep that Abraham was figuratively talking about. Jesus carried the wood for his altar. He was placed on the altar and gave up everything.

Jesus set a great example of giving everything to God. People tried to make him a King but he ran away from them forsaking fame and power. Few days before his death, during last supper, he washed his disciples feet forsaking ego and pride. The bible says,

 “Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

In the garden of gethsemane he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” I don’t think Jesus liked the cup he was given but he prayed to the father not my will but yours be done. He gave everything to God. He placed it on the altar and prayed “Not my will but yours”. We need to learn to pray like Jesus “Not my will but yours”, “not according to my ways but yours”, “not according to my plans but yours.”

On the cross his garments were taken off and they cast lots for his garments.  He gave up everything even his garments. When they pierced him with a spear, the bible says water came out from his body instead of blood. He even gave up his last drops of blood!

The bible says,

“but he emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

Have you emptied yourself so that you can see the power of God in your life? Jesus made the greatest impact in history because he emptied himself and prayed “Not my will but yours”. He was focused on completing his mission, the God given cup. The bible says,

“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

It’s time to place everything on the altar. It’s time to let it go. Whatever bothers you. Its time to let it go and see the power of God working in your life. Because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you.

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