Thursday, September 01, 2005

Time To Lose Control

There are many days where I depend so much on my own strength to get me through my day that I end up failing miserably and I look back wondering what went wrong. When I look back on these days, I come to the realization that the reason why I failed was because I wanted to be in control. As humans, we all want to be in the driver's seat of our life—it is natural for us to want to make our own decisions and act upon them. While God has given us the right to choose what we do, what He tells us to do is always best.

John 3:30 says, "He must become greater; I must become less". This verse is a part of John the Baptist's reply to the argument of one of his disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of baptism. Their argument was that Jesus was baptizing people, just as John was, but more people were going to Him. John's response was a humble one and he acknowledged that he must become less while Jesus became greater.

This is true for all of us Christians; we all must come to the point where we stop our worldly ways and submit everything to God. There have been many times where I have caught myself trying to be in control. At these times, I either accept the fact that God should be in control, or I do everything myself. When I put God in control, I succeed much more than I do when I rely on my own strength.

Matthew 10:39 NLT says, "If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it." When we cling to the ways of this world, we will lose the life that God wants for us, but when we give up our life and dedicate everything to Him, we will find it. Do you find yourself constantly stumbling over the same thing? Are there times when you don't feel like you can survive a situation?

We all need to constantly remind ourselves that we need to give everything over to God. When we are in a situation where we are being tempted, or we feel that we can't survive a situation, we must let go of the wheel and let God drive. By doing so, we will find that it is much easier to deal with the temptations of this world when we rely on the power of the one who is meant to be in control.

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