“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)!
“Let go and let God!” I have heard most of my Christian life. It sounds good, but how many of us allow our failures, pains, attitudes, and even sins that were crucified with Christ to hold us back? Christ calls us to let go of all the old that has defined who we are. As a new creature in Christ I must let go of what I consider the security of the boat. There is no security in the boat I have constructed. There is no security in false hopes and dreams that offer nothing in the end. That boat is subject to the waves and storms of life. That boat can sink. But I will discover that when I let go of my self-constructed identity, and step out into the depths of the unknown in Christ, I will not sink into the depths of my own despair but stand strongly on the rock of my salvation.
When I “let go and let God”, I am so longer the child who failed at sports, or math. I am no longer the person who could not quite get things together, or a person who has been hurt because of teasing. I am no longer someone who lets feelings of rejection, whether imagined or real, define who I am. I am no longer one who needs the world to approve of me. I have found my worth in Christ. When you “let go and let God”, you are no longer a failure. You are no longer subject to the pain of abuse or rejection. You are no longer ruled by fear. You are no longer “not quite good enough”. All the old you have been is washed away by the precious sacrifice of Christ. You are a new person, and you have a new identity in Him!
In the book, “The Shack” by William Young, Mack stands on the end of a dock with Jesus, and stares at the surface of the lake. Jesus asks Mack to take his hand, and step off the dock, but Mack can't let go of the security of the dock. “So, why do I have so much fear in my life?” he asks. Jesus' answer cuts to the core of the issue. “Because you don't believe. You don't know that I love you. The person who lives by his fear will not find freedom in my love.” Oh, it is so true! We must not be afraid to step out of the boat or off that dock! Fear will hold us in our own self-constructed boat or clinging to what we perceive is safety! There is freedom from all the past that has defined us when we let go and move forward into the unknown in His love.
Each day step out of the boat and discover your newness in Him again and again. The old will fail you. The new in Christ will never fail. Launch out into the depths of what has been your uncertainty. You will find it the most certain thing you have ever done.