Have you heard the phrase if you love someone need to let them go or if you love something let it go?
I’m not sure how this applies to relationships, but I think this phrase can give us some good advice in our spiritual life.
You have to let go of your dream to get Gods dream. Even if your dream is a good one you might be blinded by your own dreams that you never see God’s.
Think about this in light of this verse.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Treasures in our lives take different forms. And our dreams for our lives are definitely something we guard and treasure tenaciously. Our treasure can cause us to be blinded to any errors or ill-conceived actions. Just think of Gollum from the movie Lord of the Rings who is so enamored with his “precious” ring that he becomes violent when someone tries to take away. He wasn’t a bad person, but his love for this ring caused him to do some crazy things.
I think we’ve all heard the stories of a parent abandoning their family to pursue their new-found love. Or the parent who doesn’t physically leave but works eighty play hours a week chasing their treasured career. We could play that back in countless scenarios. Our dreams are precious to us and they drive us to do certain things and act certain ways we never imagined we would.
So God calls us to let go of everything. It a huge leap of faith. Just read how blunt Jesus put to those who would follow him in Luke 14,
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple…So, therefore, anyone of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Jesus knew that to follow him and his purpose for our lives we would have to live as if not else mattered. Otherwise, we would be like who has a task ahead of them but they can’t get it done, are swerving back and forth and can’t get it done because they are constantly looking at what they left behind. And Jesus would say to that person, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
In order to receive and follow God’s dream for our life, we have to let go of ours. We need to say with Paul, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
This is one of the beautiful angles of this request from Jesus, he doesn’t ask us to do anything that he wasn’t willing to do himself. Jesus had already left to beauty, safety, majesty of heaven to become one of us. So the request is to join with him in the task that he is continuing through us.