I’m so glad you’re still here with us digging deeper into our #P31OBS #AnxiousforNothing study. I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of Week 4!
I’m curious if you, my #P31OBS friend, love checklists?
Me? I love a checklist. I find great satisfaction in checking things off my to-do list and I love the feeling of accomplishment I experience when I see things marked as “Done”.
Read my Bible ✅
Love God, Love others ✅
But honestly, if I’m not careful I can begin to treat everything as an item to check off my to-do list. And when we’re motivated by the satisfaction of a completed to-do list, it’s easy to fly through life without really thinking about the eternal impact of our actions, and even the important things can become mundane.
As I read these words from Max Lucado in Chapter 10 of Anxious for Nothing, God began to show me how I often treat Him as just one more line item on my to-do list:
“The good father gives his child one responsibility: ‘Hold onto my hand.’ God does the same with us. Don’t load yourself down with lists. Don’t enhance your anxiety with the fear of not fulfilling them. Your goal is not to know every detail of the future. Your goal is to hold the hand of the One who does and never, ever let go.”
Oh, how I want to let go of those anxiety-inducing lists and trust God’s got the future all figured out. But how?
How do we train our hearts to surrender the checklist mentality and instead, hold the hand of God? Jesus gives us the answer in John 8:31-32:
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV)
I love reading verses in different translations to get a broader understanding, so below is the same verse (John 8:31-32) in two different translations.
“If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (The Message)
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NIV)
When we abide in (live out, hold onto) God’s Truth, we experience freedom from those things that can keep us from clinging to Christ … to-do lists, anxious thoughts, comparison, etc.
Let’s spend some time abiding in His Truth today.
Reflect and Respond:
What do you need to be free from today? Will you ask God to help you surrender this to Him and help you cling to Christ?