This morning I woke up with a song in my heart: the old hymn, “I’ll Fly Away”. The only problem is that I never have liked it. I’ve never liked it because it always seemed absurdly escapist, as if my deeply held belief allows for an escape clause, that I’ll just leave once the going gets rough.
I became uncomfortable. I’ve come to realize that The Spirit is in charge of the mp3 in my head; He plays what He wants to hear. “Ok – You’re playing this song , Lord, do you like it? What do you mean to say?”
I began to turn the words of the song over in my mind: “One bright morning, when this life is o’er’, I’ll fly away…” I always thought this song was about “the rapture”. It began to sound as if it were about death. I chuckled, “Then what about that bouncy little tune?”
It couldn’t be about death with that happy, sappy tune. It seemed, though, that God was sending me a message: a message of joy in death. “Find my feet on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away…”
I’m seeing that if we can give ourselves over to the death of our own plans, thoughts and intentions, He will make it into a joyful thing this year. We won’t have to work hard to establish the will of heaven in the earth, we’ll just find our feet planted on His celestial land, in this earth, as we give our lives joyfully.
So for the new year, let me encourage you: Give your life. I know you’ve heard it before, you’ve probably done it before, but you still hold your life and your pleasures — your plans and your possibilities — firmly in your hands.
This is different from what you’ve done before. This is total. This is continual. This year practice giving everything over to Him continually, joyfully, and He will establish the work of heaven in the earth. Dying to ourselves is the only way to fly. The best news is that we won’t have to wait for glory “by and by”, we can enter into His death and resurrection power now and begin to fly!
“I’ll fly away, oh Glory! I’ll fly away! When I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away!” Let’s plant the Kingdom. Let’s fly!