There is a song called “Lay me down” by Chris Tomlin. A few lines if the chorus are, “I lay me down. I’m not my own. I belong to you alone. Lay me down. Lay me down.” This song is basically about laying yourself down for God so he can guide you down the path he has for you.
There are three verses I find fitting for the song and it’s meaning. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (message) says, “The physical part of you is not a piece of property to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through you.” This is saying that we are God’s. He owns our whole being. We need to let people see him in us and show that we are letting him do his job in us.
Romans 6:22 (esv) says, “but now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” By laying yourself down and becoming a slave of God, he can do what he needs to do in your life and in the end you will be rewarded with eternal life.
Lastly, Matthew 16:24-26 (message) says, “anyone who intends to come with me must let me lead. You are not in the driver’s seat, I am. Don’t run from suffering, embrace it. Follow me and I will show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way to finding your self, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything and lose yourself? What would you trade your soul for?” This basically says that God is in control of our lives. It’s easier to just let him do his thing rather than risking the loss of ourselves because we thought we could do it on our own.
By laying yourself down for God and letting him be in control, he can lead you where he needs you to go. He will also help make you into the person you’re meant to be. Ian of Christianity.net says, “true worship is to give up our lives to God. That is for him alone. God calls us to live in obedience to him. That doesn’t involve relinquishing control, but rather letting God’s plans and purposes shape the things we do.” An example of letting God’s plan shape what we do would be quitting your job. God may not want you at the job you are at so he tells you to quit. So, quit. He will give you another job, one that he wants you at.
A few people in the bible let God be in control of their lives and they became who they were called to be with God’s help. David was the smallest of his brothers. He was told he would be a king. He didn’t believe at first, but when he gave control to God he became a king. Abraham was old. He was told he’d be the father of many nations. He didn’t believe at first. He gave control, and he became the father of many nations. The bible is full of many people who gave their lives to God, let him be in control, and became who they were called to be.
So, here’s a challenge for you. If you haven’t laid your life down for God, if he is not in control of your life, let him. Let him be in control and see how much more he can do through you.
Casey Palicki is a senior and serves as co-leader of the New Vision WAVE Team. She has been involved with Vision 2 Hear for many years and blogs at The Way I See It.