Letting Go of Peanuts
Posted on January 10, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 John 2:15-16 NASB)
It has been a challenge for me to hold loosely to the things of this world. I look at my hands and see how tightly my fists are clenched. And what are they holding onto so tightly? I hold on to my family, my house and all my “stuff.” Jesus is asking me to give it all to Him.
I shared with a friend how I was struggling to loosen my grip. She shared with me this illustration: We hold our peanuts in our fists. Jesus wants to give us more than peanuts but like little children we grip our peanuts tighter, refusing to let them go.
Jesus asks, “May I have your peanuts?”
We reply, “No, thank you. I like my peanuts!” Jesus again offers us something greater if we will let go of our peanuts. Again we say “No, they are MY peanuts!”
We really don’t trust God with our peanuts, and we don’t believe He would take better care of them.
What is in your hands? Are you willing to relinquish all to Christ?
This devotional was first published in Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
Daily Quote:“Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.” – Dwight L. Moody
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. – Genesis 2:7