“I wanna live with abandon
Give you all that I am
Every part of my heart Jesus
I place in your hands”
(Newsboys, Live with Abandon)
The words echoed through my little car as I hurried to school that foggy morning. I knew that I had so much to be thankful for, but on this particular morning everything that wasn’t going ‘right’ by my perspective was getting in the way of my gratefulness for what I did have.
All it takes is a look outside of ourselves to realize how good we have it. A look to the poverty stricken families in parts of Africa and South American who cannot send their kids to school. A look to the slums of cities in North America where people live in fear for gang violence. A look to areas of Myanmar where riots between religious groups threaten the safety of Christian missionaries. A look into our own communities where, we have so much opportunity to embrace and delve into scriptures, but we instead overlook it in favor of idols that this world offers us.
The world is crying out for it’s need of a savior.
But how are our lives responding to this cry?
Are we glorifying the Lord in every possible aspect of our lives? Reaching out to those in need? Surrendering our hearts to the Lord, and ridding our hearts of the idols that get in the way of our loving Him?
When we give our lives fully to the one who gave us life, it’s then that our earthly desires pass away and we adopt His desires. Like Paul so clearly lays out to us in Philippians 3:7-9: But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
So on days when everything is going the way we want or when everything seems to be falling apart, or on days when God feels miles away, or when the Lord’s blessings are so very apparent to us, we need to keep surrendering to his plan and desiring his purpose for our lives.
We have a treasure in jars of clay, are our lives displaying the significance of this treasure to the world?