It is in our human nature to hold back and keep everything within our reach. The words sacrifice, giving or letting go aren’t the best words we love to hear.
The year has just started and if you are like me, the cry for more of God and deeper intimacy with God is in our hearts and lips. A good thing indeed that is. However I would like to remind us all (including me) that that prayer will be answered but we will loose something in the process. In order words, for that prayer to be answered, we WILL have to let go of something.
To experience an encounter so great that changes our name and our relationship with God, we will have to leave our secret place with a dislocated hip. Yes, we will have to be detached from something. Some good things included. Things like certain TV shows, certain movies, certain games, certain habits, idleness. Yes, things we necessarily never thought were that bad of a sin or we never even identified as sin.
As you read this heading you might be thinking well “I would love to let go of something but I have already given all I have”. This is wrong because the deeper you get into with God, the more pruning you will get. This process isn’t a bad thing because it always leads to a priceless goal.
If you are already giving a lot, there is always room for growth.
Jacob’s hip was dislocated before his name was changed to Israel. Sacrifice brings about experience. Seek God and you will find Him. It’s a shame that these days we think we can just stroll through His presence once in a while. If we don’t sow, we won’t reap. What we sow is exactly what we will reap. The measure with which we give is what we will receive. Until we are willing to endure the pain of walking about with a dislocated hip, we are not ready for our names to be changed.