Give It Up
Read: Ephesians 3:20; Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 8:34-36
It feels good to be comfortable. Whether it’s choosing to wear the old, worn-out pair of shoes over the new not-yet-broken-in ones or choosing to have coffee with a good friend rather than inviting the new co-worker over for dinner, I often find myself choosing what is most comfortable.
We can get quite comfortable in what we hope will happen in our lives. We find ourselves heading down a certain path, in a particular direction, and we shape our hopes around those current circumstances. We base our hope on what we think our future is going to look like.
But, what happens when God decides we need to hope for more than we want to? What happens when He says our hopes and dreams just aren't big enough and He throws us into something brand new? The little boy in Matthew 14 experienced this firsthand as he encountered Jesus. He showed up with a simple lunch. When he arrived that day, he probably hoped He would get to see Jesus and have a chance to eat his lunch. He never expected to be a part of a huge miracle where Jesus fed more than 5,000 people. He never expected Jesus to choose him to be used in such a big way. For that to even be possible, he had to give up the hopes he had for that day.
Likewise, we sometimes have to give up the hope we've created for ourselves and allow God to swoop in and redefine it for us. When we allow that to happen, we can be prepared for God to do more than we could ever imagine possible.
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