Just recently I was chatting to a friend of mine and we both agreed that so often we take our eyes off the goal. We know how important it is in life to have goals and to set our boundaries. Being in Human resources I found it particularly essential that we had goals to work to; to achieve and to maintain.
But further to our conversation:- we both agreed as Christians we so often take our eyes off the BIG picture, which is our future with Jesus and that’s when we flounder and try to do things on our own.
Many many times we just won’t hand things over to Jesus – the very person who gave everything for us and has asked us just to bring it to Him in prayer.
We discussed why and how do we let this happen? Don’t know about you, but I reckon I am probably one of the THE most easily distracted people I know – I’m so easily distracted by what is going on around me that I can be quickly become un-focused and start the thinking process on anything but the topic on hand.
But as a CHRISTian, taking out eyes off Jesus is one of the most dangerous things we can do and probably when you take time to think about it probably one of the easiest.
I have come to the conclusion that I must ‘love’ worrying and letting past hurts, mistakes and troubles keep surfacing in my life. WHY? I really have no idea. All I can say is that since becoming a CHRISTian I have found that my old nature actually ‘conspires’ against my efforts to keep my eyes solely on my Saviour JESUS.
I figure I must love wandering off to pursue my own desires and get carried away with cares and troubles. So it REALLY was good to talk to my friend and we both found out that we pretty much were ‘singing from the same page’ in our walk with CHRIST.
Our ultimate prize is JESUS and in Him we find comfort and rest; In Him we find solace and peace in times of troubles and strife: In Him we find the reason for living and breathing and being here in the first place.
We both decided to ask God, even before setting feet to the ground in the mornings, to infill us with His Spirit for the day ahead, that we would indeed walk in His footsteps and be led by His Spirit and not be swayed by our own human nature which so often has only brought us misery and worry.
When you look at the life of JESUS and just what He endured and for what? The big picture! ~ the JOY that was set before Him – (Hebrew 12:2). That’s what we have to look forward to as well ~ not the trials from here.
So what has my friend and I learned lately? ~ To hand things over to God on a moment by moment basis! That’s right when things overwhelm us we say to ourselves “Hand it over” ~ I have found myself saying that many times throughout my day.
Will it make it go away ~ probably not but it is a great reminder just who has control of your life and who is looking out for you.
Handing it over to God can release you from the worry that so often besets us. God is so much bigger than our worries and trials that every one of us suffers.
So here we go ~ how about taking one step at a time ~ Praying for the in-filling of the Holy Spirit to guide us ~ read or listen to His word, learning ‘fighter verses’ that we can meditate on when crisis’ try to flatten us.
So maybe ‘handing things over’ to Jesus may be simply submitting to Him in our day-to-day living and asking Him to in-fill us moment by moment throughout our day.
God bless you this week as you ‘hand it over’ to God, whatever it is in your life. Keep focused on Him and that way you will be ready when troubles explode and trials suddenly pop into you life as they most certainly will.
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