Last week, our youth pastor, Kendall Thorsell, spoke a sermon titled “letting go.” She talked about when God gives us a direct word to release something in our lives… how it is our responsibility to let it go. If we are not willing to let something go for God, then it is idolatry, and we are choosing it above God.
“I am not even referring to sin alone here. I am referring to anything that God asks you to release… even if it’s not sin. It might be something in your life that He wants you to let go because He is raising the standard in your life… He wants to bring you closer. ” Said Kendall.
We can have the mindset that Jesus requires things of us because He just wants us to be unhappy here in this life. But that isn’t true! It is because He loves us that He raises the standard of our lives so we can be closer to Him. So we will spend time with Him.
“Let’s be real, how many hours do you spend on facebook compared to hours you spend praying? How about watching TV? Talking on the phone? What do you spend most of your time dreaming about? What are the majority of your conversations about? …Where does your heart really land?” asked Kendall.
Mark 10, starting in verse 17 shows how Jesus requires us to let go of things…. because He wants us to follow Him. He wants us to release things of this world to follow Him. Just like He does with the Rich man in this story. It was “Out of genuine love for him” then Jesus tells Him to give up everything and follow Him.
“God is not out to destroy your life… He is out to build your eternal life. It just so happens that the requirement to build in Heaven is to release things on earth. ” Said Kendall.
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