Christ promises abundant life to those who follow Him. Are you experiencing this life? Is your cup overflowing with peace and joy? Are you longing for more, because you can't get enough of Jesus?
If not, you're short changing yourself. Go to Him. Ask Him to show you what you are still holding onto, what you still want to control, what you are still not ready to surrender completely to Him. He will show you. And it will hurt. Trust me, it might feel like a kick in the stomach, because you may not even realize you have been hold this thing back from Him. But, as with the rich young man who went away sad because he would not surrender his riches to follow Jesus, we will never experience the fullness of joy He offers if we hold anything back. If we let anything be more important in our lives than Him. If we hold on to our idols.
How can you recognize them? It's not always easy, but I find that when God tells me I need to do something (and He does) and I say to myself or others, "I would do this, but. . ." whatever comes after the but is my idol.
(Please note. I am talking about what GOD tells me to do, not my emotions, not my desires, not my pastor or some author, but God Himself. We often imagine doing great things God has not yet called us to do. This desire to serve Him impressively can be an idol.)
Does it cost to surrender my idols? You bet.
So today I urge you, stop short changing yourself by holding out on God. You can trust Him to give you more than you can ask or imagine, but you have to trust first that His heart toward you is good. Let's learn from the rich young man that we do not need to go away sad, but can embrace the fullness of joy through our obedience and surrender to God alone.