God Wants Something From You…But Why?
When God asks you to give Him something, it’s not because He needs anything from you. It’s because He wants to give you something far greater.
He asked me a long time ago to give Him my music. I was playing in multiple bands at the time with people I loved, making some extra money, and having a blast doing it. But there became a disconnect between what I was singing about and what really mattered most to me and I wasn’t paying attention to that disconnect. It made me uncomfortable. I denied it even existed because I didn’t want anything to change.
But here’s the thing: God was already working a change in my heart long before He called me to change my habit. He was helping me to let go before He called me to let go.
But oh do we ever hold on…long past when we should. I realize when I do that, it’s always because I’m trying to hold onto a feeling, like that amazing feeling I once had when I sang a beautiful song in a pretty dress for a few hundred people in a club or a party. I was trying to hold on to the people that were part of that feeling. I was trying to hold on to that season of life where I knew how to navigate my way around, even if it had lost its magic.
I somehow thought it was my fault and I needed to heal it and get that feeling back again. But some things are just for a season and letting go of them when God asks you to is so He can give you something even better for you right now.
I gave God my music, turned it over to Him, consecrated it to Him; I lost income, yes, and lost reasons to get all dressed up, and lost applause that was just for me. But I have made more music that mattered to me ever since. He gave me everything when I gave Him my little something. When God asks you for anything, first ponder that for a moment. That’s kind of amazing – God wants something from me?
And second – don’t be afraid.
He always gives you back what’s better. Always.
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’
The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.’”- John 4:7, 9-10