Ambitions, hopes and plans

The song All for Jesus has frequently been in my head this year (after singing it occasionally at out previous church), particularly the lyrics ‘All of my ambitions, hopes and plans, I surrender these into Your hands.’

These lyrics are a reminder for me to test my intentions and to be aware of my ambitions and plans. I find this particularly to be the case when it comes to trying to figure out where God intends for me to serve once the pastoral search committee (to find our new senior pastor) process is over – which will hopefully draw to a close soon.

The song also emphasises the need to be intentional about sacrificing own ambitions for God’s kingdom – he may have plans that don’t necessarily line up with our own. So often in life we cling to our ambitions and plans as they can give us a sense of security.

But Jesus wants us to give him our all – everything, including our ambitions, hopes and plans. In Luke 9 he says “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

This doesn’t necessarily mean those plans we thought we had aren’t what we’ll end up doing, but we have to be willing for Jesus to have other plans for our life.

This song and Luke 9:23 make me seriously ask myself these two questions:
1. What are the ambitions, hopes and plans that I’m holding onto?
2. Are these getting on the way of me fully surrendering to Christ?

Being a disciple of Christ isn’t meant to be easy. However I take solace in the last words Jesus speaks before ascending into heaven at the end of Matthew 28 “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Jesus recognises discipleship is difficult – however he is always with us and loves us, no matter what.

Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.

For it’s only in Your will that I am free,
For it’s only in Your will that I am free,
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

All for Jesus – Robin Mark

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