Give Your All
Write the Reflection Verse and read it out loud:
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
Mark 8:35 NLT
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
Imagine your rope. What knot have you tied? When it comes to your life, what things represent the knot you are holding on to? To who or what are you giving your all? Or do you have more than one rope?
Imagine letting go of the knot. Notice the emotions welling up within you as you consider letting go. What are you afraid of? What might happen when you let go? Where would you fall?
The only rope we can hold fast in our grip, the one that will never break or fray, is the Good News.
It seems backwards, letting go to be saved. But this is our journey. Little by little coming to the end of our self-made rope until there is nothing left to hang on to. When we finally let go for the sake of Christ, we land smack dab in the middle of His hands.
Consider what you’re hanging onto which will become loss. Is it worth it?
In the giving of all our life, there’s no reason to hang on to anything else. Instead we stand on the firm foundation of His hand learning to love Him more and more.
How does it feel to stand firmly in His hand? Does it stir up desire to give more to Him?
Read Daniel 3:1-18
When Jerusalem fell at the hands of Babylon, the finest of the Israelites were taken into exile. In a foreign pagan land, the brightest and best of God’s people served the king in various positions.
What choice did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego face?
What did they believe about God? Were they sure of what He would do?
In their life and death situation, these faithful young men trusted God to do what He thought best: save them or not. Do you have this type of trust in God? Explain.
Read Daniel 3:19-30
What did their wholehearted trust in God incite? What was their outcome? What impact did their trust in God have as a witness to unbelievers?
Giving our all includes giving Him our complete trust. Ask God to grow your trust in Him. Confess and repent if necessary.