Published on January 18th, 2016 | by Joy Swen

When God Asked Me To Give Up My Dream

For the first time in months I felt at peace.

No pain, no fear, no dread for the day to come, just peace.

I had just surrendered my life to Jesus. After I’d been a Christian for a few years I’d now surrendered fully to Him and I felt at peace.

At the time I thought I knew what complete surrendering to Jesus meant.

But I didn’t.

I didn’t know that it would mean remaining faithful when times got tough, real tough.

Since that day that I surrendered I’ve gone through the Valley of the Shadow of Death a few times. Each time God shaped me and made me stronger than before.

Then this last fall the real test came.

I was about to begin setting in motion my post-high school plan. Just as I was about to start down a path I’d been planning for years, God told me not to.

Over a couple of weeks He told me that’s not where He wants me and He wants me to give it up to serve Him.

He asked me to give up my dream, for Him.

To give up my life, for Him.

So I had a decision to make. Follow my lifelong dream? Or give it up and follow Him?

That’s when I learned what it truly meant to surrender to Christ Jesus and live for Him.

What does it mean to surrender?

Surrender means you will give up everything, your money, your dream, and even your life, to serve Christ Jesus.

Surrender means not being afraid when God tells you to do something that seems impossible through human eyes.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20).

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it'” (Matthew 16:24-25).

Think about those words. “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me … I live by faith in the Son of God,” and “he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me … but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

We are commanded to give up our lives to Jesus.

Give up our dreams.

Yes, it’s hard. I still struggle with the fact that I’m not going to serve in the military, my lifelong dream. But I can tell you, it’s worth it.

God will shape you and change you into who He wants you to be, if you surrender.

So where are you? Have you already taken this leap of faith or are you not sure about it yet?

What does it take to surrender?

Have complete faith that Jesus has His hand on your life.

Be willing to take a leap of faith if He asks you to.

Be willing to give up your dreams for Jesus.

Lastly, be ready to live for Jesus.

It begins in your daily life. Show love those around you, grow closer to Christ through prayer and scripture, and look for ways to help people from day to day.

It will change your life. If you truly surrender to Jesus He will change you in ways you never thought possible. He’s changed me, and is continuing to change me.

But it starts with a decision. One word that could change your life.


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About the Author

is a 16 year old on fire for Christ. She enjoys writing, reading, daydreaming, and participating as a Cadet in Civil Air Patrol. Her prayer is that she is able to spend her life showing God's love to children who are in need of healing.

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