You may be thinking, “All this talk about God
owning everything sounds good in theory,
but I’ve got such a tight grip on ‘my stuff’ that
I’m not sure I can let go. Any suggestions?”
Sure. Loosening our grip is difficult because
doing so forces us to probe the deeper issue
of surrender, not simply our possessions but
our hopes, our dreams—our very lives. This
surrender will likely happen in increments
and may need to be repeated time after
time. Jan and I (Joe) gave our daughter to
God when she was born, but twenty months
later, as she was battling a life-threatening
infection, we gave her to God again...this
time at a much deeper level.
The key is to get started. These tips will help:
- If married, discuss this “surrender” with
your spouse. Flush out the ramifications,
and make sure you are on the same
page. This is not some emotionally
charged decision but a calm, calculated
- Tell God it all belongs to Him. Be specific:
your house, your car, your 401k, your
children, each other. Say it out loud or
write—and sign—a transfer of ownership
- Take some actions to jumpstart this
surrender and cement it into your psyche.
For example, you could do one or more of
- Start giving in earnest to your local church.
Loan—or give—your car (God’s car) to a single
mother or needy family.
Dedicate God’s television/computer/cell
phone to activities he would approve of.
- Give away your surplus "stuff" to someone.
- Give of your time by helping others.