“Will you give me your hopes and dreams?” I heard these words spoken in my spirit several months ago as I was walking out of my house. I was perplexed and annoyed, and my response was, “Really, Lord? After all that’s been going on, that’s all I feel I have left.”
Later, I read the story of the rich ruler in Mark 10:17-27. In this story there was a man of great wealth who eagerly approaches Jesus and asked, how to have eternal life? Jesus explains about keeping the commandments, which the man says he has done from an early age. Then the story says, Jesus looked at the man and loved him. Jesus, tells him to go and sell what he owns and give it to the poor and then to come and follow Him. The man then walked away saddened because he had wealth and things, and he didn’t want to let them go.
Oh, how I can relate.
The man then walked away saddened because he had wealth and things, and he didn’t want to let them go.
Oh, how I can relate.
I thought I had handed over those things (hopes & dreams) to the Lord months ago, but not really. Because if I had, I wouldn’t be experiencing the disappointment and discouragement that has been lurking over me. Granted those emotions are less frequent than in the past, yet it’s still a reminder that I had hopes and dreams based on something other than Jesus. When we are His our minds are to be fixed on Him, not what I do for Him (like keeping the commandments) or what He does for me. He must be allowed all the space in my heart and mind …Full Access.
I can imagine Jesus asking to come in my home and stay with me, I say sure, here’s a room for you. However, it’s just that; a room with boxes of items stored here and there, and as Jesus looks around, He says, “This isn’t going to work. I want it all and I want it without your furnishings.” Again, like the rich ruler Jesus has hit something personal, something that I must relinquish. Our freedom is only found when we give up/give away whatever that “thing” is He asks for. His asking is never about being cruel, because that is not a quality Jesus possesses.
We talk as Christians about this freedom in Christ we desire, and the only way to get it is to abandon ourselves to Him. It may cost you something, and it may be more difficult than you expected, but He is worthy.
His thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are His ways our ways.
He is higher and above us. Jesus is supreme. Jesus finishes this story by reminding His disciples that salvation and victory over this life is not by doing the right thing, it is accomplished through Him and obedience to the Father. So, whatever He is asking for, don’t walk away saddened…or annoyed. Give it away! Jesus is better!