Trying to follow God can be confusing.
It can be difficult.
It can seem like a long checklist of things we need to do. And then there’s that other checklist of things we have to give up.
When I feel like this, I know Satan is whispering his lies into my head because these lists are not from God. Jesus told us to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and love others as ourselves. These two commandments include all of the laws he cared about. No list.
Not a long list of to-do’s. And nothing on the list tells me I have to give up anything.
I have found, as I have been learning how to walk humbly with God, that he transforms my thinking and I want to give up things that aren’t good for me.
I want to act justly.
I want to love mercy. These aren’t ‘have to’s’.
Yes, there are times when following God is still confusing and it’s still difficult. But that’s not because of checklists.
And, yes, I have given up some things – because I wanted to. I have given up my plans for my life, trying to do things my way and trying to be in control.
Now I submit to his will and his plans and I’m confident that he is in control.
There’s another thing I’ve given up – my heart. It’s his.
I love you, Abba Father.