Giving It Up

“Give it up!” I always cringe when I hear these words spoken directly to me from the Holy Spirit. “Give it up,” the Lord says to me as I try to reason with myself and pretend that I’m not hearing the Lord. 

I was in a long-term relationship from the age of 16-21. I got saved and dedicated my life to Jesus just before turning 21. The first thing the Lord laid on my heart was to give up something that at the time, meant everything. 

It’s funny how we always evaluate what we know the Lord is asking of us, as if God doesn’t want and know what’s best for us. 

Like other Christians, I read and believe in the Bible. However, my choices don’t always reflect that belief. The Lord told me to evacuate the relationship I was in immediately. It was as if I were in a burning building and I would soon suffocate and die if the appropriate actions were not taken. 

So I reasoned with God. 

“But Lord, I can introduce her to you and we can be Christians together… I can bring her to church and she will sing on the worship team and thump a bible with the best of them!”

The Lord knew as well as I did that this relationship would pull me back to the world quicker than I could utter the words “let me tell you about Jesus.”  

I quickly learned that delayed obedience is still disobedience. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 15:22 that obedience is better than sacrifice. I could sacrifice time for church and the Bible as much as I wanted to, but true change would not begin in my life until I was obedient.

After months of wrestling with God, I finally made the choice to be obedient and give up the relationship. It was not easy, but trusting in God and giving what He asks rarely is. 

I am learning more and more that Luke 6:38 is not just referring to money when it says,“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." This scripture has profound meaning in my life when it comes to giving anything! When I gave the Lord what He was asking of me, He gave back so much more. I began to experience freedom, joy, true love, peace and so much more the moment I chose to be obedient.

I encourage you today, no matter how big or scary it is; if the Lord is asking you to give something up, just do it. 

Give it up and watch what the Lord does in your life. You just might be surprised!