Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Letting Go In Love

Letting Go in Love - By Jill Briscoe

Will you obey when it comes time to let go? 

“Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.” - John 1:27 NLT

Andrew was at first a disciple of his friend John the Baptist.  John pointed him to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (v. 29), and walked away from companionship. That must have been hard to do.  Andrew left John to follow Jesus (see v. 38).

Sometimes we have to let go of our friends so they can stop depending on us and begin a ministry of their own.  As far as God is concerned, you are greatest when you give your friends to Jesus.

Helping someone move on to other ministries is a bit like teaching a child to ride a bicycle, running alongside the little one, holding onto the back of the seat.  But at some point, you have to let go.  The child will never learn to ride unless you take your hands away, and you will have a heart attack if you keep holding the back of the seat!

The difficult thing is to know when to let go.  John knew.  When Andrew followed Jesus that day, he may have wobbled for a few feet without John’s support, but within a very short time, he brought his brother Simon to Christ! 

Is there someone you need to let go of or walk away from? I pray you will obey and step away with a humble spirit and in love. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please identify those people in our lives that we need to either walk away from or simply let go of. Let our light so shine that others see Your goodness and mercy as we obey. We pray for those whom you have identified. We pray that they seek You and come into a closer relationship with You through this experience. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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