In a world where we demand things our way and our timetable the idea of giving up our rights seems something so very contradicting to what we feel is right.Why is this something that very few Christians live out, myself included? During my time at Ywam thus far I have really meditated on this idea of giving up my rights as a Christian and of handing Jesus the keys. I don’t mean hand Him the keys when stuff is going down the toilet…no I mean all times in all places in your life. He has the keys and He is in charge of what you say and do. Some might say but Ang you have this I mean look what you did so you could go and be obeiadnt to Him, but let me tell you something its a daily choice. Yes I gave Him the keys for that moment but now I don’t know if he is even in the same car. I can hear his whisper of what He is calling me to.However I very much do not want to do this. I immediately rip the keys out of His hands and take over driving anywhere but where Im supposed to be. If Im honest Im hard pressed to give him back those same keys. The most unusual part is He will not take the keys our of our hands, He wants us to hand them to Him.
So what does this mean “giving up your rights” ? its what it sounds like. We are christians and if we truly give Him our lives as a living sacrifice and a thank you then this is what we ought to do. It means in our daily things. Im here and all is good and fine but to not be able to dry my clothes by means of a dryer and have to hang soggy clothes up for days only to get a stiff resemblance of my favorite pair of jeans makes me want to take those keys right out of His hand. If im giving up my rights then I can simply look at it as the cost knowing that His purposes and plans are so much greater than my own. Then we get to a little more serious things like giving up my rights to my home and family and things that give us a stability and an identity. Are we willing to do this for Him as his ways are higher than ours? How about our lives….oooh don’t we all say yes If a crazy man pointed a gun in our face asking if we are a believer we would all say yes of course we are…what if we are to march through an amazon jungle to speak to a tribe who has never heard of the love and hope of Jesus only to be killed. I don’t know, its been raising a lot of questions in me. I feel like the Lord is saying “Angie how far will you go for me? what is your cut off line. Your limit or line in the sand? I then hear Him saying “I had no line in the sand, I had no limit” I went to the cross and and endured the most brutal death you could imagine all the while I was praying and forgiving you. Me? An un perfect, broken sinful human. It brings me to tears as I type this. Tears of sadness and shame of would I live that death sentence out? Will I walk out my faith radically and to the fullest its meant to be. Will I? Will you? He is calling each one of us to live a life of radical faith not just the crazy Platts…EVERYONE! It drives me crazy when people are so inspired by what we have done and yet feel like that is not for them, like just living out their boring ole life is really all God has in store for them? NO!!! He wants us all to be moved and pushed to the next level of faith all the while giving Him the glory and honor! There is something. Something that moves you, maybe its orphans or in justice or poverty, the point is He moves us in our spirits so that we will move in the natural or these terrible injustices will keep on happening!
When I really ponder the events of the cross Im gripped with this. Even though when we are giving up our rights, essentially our entire lives, what we gain in Him is so much greater than any right we could ever imagine. That’s exactly what He says when he says whoever loses his life will gain it. Mediate on the words of your savior, ponder on what He was saying over 2000 years ago.Pray about what this means for you.
Ask Him and He will show you, then you get to decide how far you will go and if its far enough? You will find yourself asking these hard questions and truly living out your faith in a radical real way that Jesus always meant for it to be.