“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:14-17).
ONE OF THE HARDEST LESSONS IN LIFE is to bow to another and give up control and become a steward of the process. Giving up control is seeking and submitting to the Lord’s will and His way. But that does not mean we are passive and do nothing. “Let go and let God”? Never! God is solely in charge of the results and we, as leaders, are simply stewards of the process. The process is to listen to God, be obedient, work with excellence, and value people in our decisions. Our role is to do things right and well, with right motives, honoring God, and valuing people.
We seek God first, and we listen to what direction He is guiding us. It means that we become neutral as to the outcome. We say to the Lord, “I am willing to go to the left or to the right, if You will make it clear.”
The more we seek to control our personal worlds and the results of our efforts, the more we can try to manipulate a particular outcome. By trying to hold on to this world and the things of it, we will resist the Lord and His ways. We will attempt to redefine the rules or sell our opinions in order to achieve our desires. Yet God is opposed to the proud and will give grace to the humble.
As we give up control, we rest from our fleshly ways and see that God is at work through us.
“He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants. We may want to do something for God and God says don’t try. The more significant thing is to see what God wants to do in and through people.” — Henry Blackaby
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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.
Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.
These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –
- A Foundational Focus
- A Personal Focus
- A Relational Focus
- A Missional Focus
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