He Died For You

English: Easter Cross Easter Cross at night, O...

English: Easter Cross Easter Cross at night, Otley Chevin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lot of people have a hard time with the idea of giving God control of our life. We have big plans for our future, and we don’t want God to mess it up.

Sounds kind of weird when you say it out loud, right?

As silly as it sounds, I’m sure that we have all felt that way at some point in our lives–probably more than once. We’re afraid that if we give God our lives, He’ll send us off to be missionaries in some Third World country. At the very least, we think that He’ll get in the way of our dreams, our idea of where our life should go.

When my dad was teaching in youth group at my church the other day, I remember him saying that the creation (us) cannot in anyway be more than the Creator (God). This is simply another way of saying that God knows best–always. Sometimes we feel like He doesn’t know best, however, because a lot of times the path He takes us on (if we allow Him to) isn’t a path that leads to glory and fortune and fame. So we think that we know more than God because, clearly, He doesn’t know what He’s doing with our lives.

Okay, let me clarify something: God knows what He’s doing. And that isn’t making you popular. In fact, it may make you very unpopular. No, God’s purpose for our lives is to bring Him glory, and what better thing could we do than lead others to know God through the example of our lives?

What’s more than that, we are selfish. You know, last Sunday, we celebrated the Resurrection. We all know that Jesus died for us so we could have life. We know that He defeated death on the third day. He rose from the dead. And yet, we are afraid of giving our life over to Him because we think He won’t get it right.

My last post–well, allow me to get off track for a moment. My last post was a month ago and this post, which I originally intended to be an Easter post, is four days late. So I definitely need some work in the laziness and/or time management department! Anyway (lol)…my last post was about being a living sacrifice: Living for God, not for yourself. Giving up whatever might get in the way of the work God is doing in your life.

One more thing: God does have a plan for your life. He has an incredible plan that completely exceeds anything you could imagine. We need to pray, not for our plans to become reality, but for God’s plan to be worked through us. And who knows? (Well, God does…) Your dreams may have been put in your heart by God, to prepare you for the future. Pray about it. If you dedicate your life to Him, He will reveal Himself to you.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4)



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