“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I love by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Last night we had a powerful Word delivered from God through His messenger. It was about how we are so quick to accept God as our Savior and we definitely want a Savior, but how we are lax about letting Him be Lord and Master of our lives.
It really made me stop and think about the times that I have put my own self in the position of being the Lord of my life and how I basically want God to be my Lord and Master on my terms. It was really an eye opener for me. I didn’t realize how many times I was in essence taking control of my own life’s journey and not really stopping to give God the reigns that belong to Him. The reigns that He so richly deserves and desires! In fact, He expects it!
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16,17)
We were created by Him. No one else helped God with His mighty creation. He didn’t have to consult anyone about any of the details. He didn’t have to make a rough draft and get it okayed by anyone else. He didn’t require anyone’s stamp of approval. We are His workmanship alone. He is the Master Creator. He created us for Him. Nothing exists or consists without Him.
I know this and have always thought that I lived my life this way. I try to be submissive to His authority. I try to make sure that I pray about things and ask for His guidance and direction. I want to be in His will. But as I examined some of the ‘finer’details in my life, I see that I have at times rebelled against His authority. There are times that I have tried to do things on my own, that I should have taken to the feet of Jesus and submitted to His Sovereign authority. That I should have surrendered to His Lordship.
When we were on vacation earlier this month, as we were descending out of the mountains, we passed a construction vehicle parked on the side of the road that had a big sign on the back of it :
Do Not Pass
I didn’t give it much thought at the time, but last night, God brought that memory back to me. Perhaps it was God telling me even then to follow Him. Telling me not to get ahead of Him. Telling me to stay right behind Him and He would be my pilot.
I always want to be right where God intends for me to be. I am renewing my dedication to Him. I am making a more conscious effort to submit to His authority. I desire to say, without a shadow of a doubt – “He is my Lord. He is my Master. He is my King. He is my Ruler”.
I will follow. I will not pass. I will stay right behind Him and let Him lead me where He wants me to go. He is Lord of my life.