Live With Abandon

little girl jumping

I really like the Newsboys song, Live With Abandon.  It’s such a profound song to me, especially this part:

I wanna live with abandon

Give You all that I am

Every part of my heart Jesus

I place in Your hands

I wanna live with abandon

I’ll drop everything to follow You

It’s only Your hands I hold onto

 To “live with abandon” means to live in complete surrender to something, with complete disregard for anything else.  Paul lived with abandon to the assignment God had given him. He surrendered himself totally to the goal of serving God with disregard even for his own life.

“I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”  – Acts 20:23-24

Many of us don’t live in abandon to God’s working in our lives and allow him to use us to build the Kingdom, glorify him and accomplish all that he wants to accomplish through us. Unless the Holy Spirit is leading you into a mission field, stepping out in faith and testifying to the gospel of God’s grace does not present the threat of prison or death for us like it did for Paul. So, what holds us back?  Everything that relates to our flesh holds us back.  The lies of the enemy holds us back if we allow them.  Fear of the unknown can hold us back. Looking at ourselves instead of God can hold us back. I can’t imagine how different our lives would be if we could get over ourselves to the point of being as obedient to God as Paul was.  I know I sometimes feel like a little girl being beckoned by her Father saying “Jump!  I’m here to catch you!”

Lord, help me to say “Yes!” and to live with abandon; completely surrendered to You; to jump into all that You have for me and to bring You honor and glory. Amen.

 

 

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About Alecia Roberts

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I wrote The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing while my husband was working overseas as a civilian contractor. The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing is my testimony of God's amazing love, grace and power in a surrendered life and heart. It was released on May 29, 2012. I lost my middle daughter, Heather who suffered from mental illness and addiction to an overdose in October of 2015. Since then I've dedicated my life to confronting addiction and promoting changes in North Carolina that will hopefully save lives.
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