Monday, July 27, 2009

The Lordship of Christ

“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 :

Pilot Vehicle
Follow Me
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.



Stephanie said...

Beth your post gets a ouch amen from me. We do sometimes get ahead of God and he always puts us right back behind Him. I have truly missed visiting your post and this being my first day back I have truly been blessed by the sites I follow.

Where he leads me I will follow,I'll go with Him all the way.(a old hymn we use to sing)

Lisa said...

God has been speaking to my heart the last couple of days about surrender. I too often want to drive the pilot car when I need to be following the one who knows the way.
Blessings ~ Lisa

Andrea said...

I think we all struggle with being submissive to his authority...well, at least I do! I want to always be submissive to my LORD, but I must be honest and say that some days it is real work!
Blessings, andrea

Chocolate and Coffee said...

Your post was such a blessing. Being submissive to God is so important in our Christian walk but many times we fail to be obedient.


Irritable Mother said...

Pilot Vehicle
Follow Me
Do Not Pass

That is absolutely beautiful!!!!!

It is Lordship all wrapped up in a simple explanation.
Pilot Vehicle - He's God
Follow Me - He's our Leader
Do Not Pass - He is LORD!!!

So, looks like God's latest form of communication is consruction vehicles. *grin*

Yolanda said...

Oh Beth this is my heart but I often get so far ahead of Him. What a beautiful reminer, to let Him be my Pilot car.


Loren said...

Beth, this is sooo true!!! I am guilty guilty and thankyou for this reminder!

Lord let me decrease and you INCREASE!!!!!

Blessings to you Beth!

Sharon said...

Yes we are always trying to get ahead/be the leader if I may say!
but he knows just how to back me up alittle so that he can go back ahead of me. I Love this post, and I know I will ponder this one for the day. :)

Have a Beautiful and Joyfilled Day :)


valerie said...

I've been watching the dvd series Beth Moore did a while back on "Life Today" titled "Who Will You Trust?" This post reminded me of what I listened to yesterday.
It's so easy for me to trust God is some areas....most areas, actually, but then there's that one thing.
She gave a verse in Deut. 1:32 KJV "Yet in this thing you did not believe the Lord your God."
I have a "this thing" that I have a difficult time giving to God completely. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He has everything under control and I get mad at myself when my flesh reacts in this area and I don't allow the Holy Spirit to take control. I'm being taught and am slowly learning and working on it. :) I know He's waiting and longing for me to give "this thing" to Him completely.
Thank you for this post. You always make me think.
Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

OUCH,my toes! True words, Beth!
This seems to be an area of my life that I deal with. I think I have submitted my will under God's authority to only find that there is a nasty 'weed' growing in the garden of my heart. When will this lamb ever learn that the Lord has His best in mind for me?
I am so thankful that He loves us, Beth!
Once again the Lord has used you to touch my life! Thank you.


Great Post Beth... Galatians 2:20 is my life verse.

The Lord taught me when I went through my husband's home going - not to get ahead of Him - in all that He was doing in our lives. He directed every step and performed many miracles [including 40 days of Bob's 124 in physical healing]. I remember saying often to the Lord, "Don't let me get ahead of You, Lord."

Loved the road signs!!!
Loved the TITLE because He really can't be our Savior unless He IS our Lord [Master of our lives]. The two are inseperable. It's what following Him in full surrender is all about! There is no such thing as partial surrender [not in His Book anyway!]

God's Favor and Blessing over you and yours today!

Choosing JOY,
[JESUS - the One I THIRST For]

Beth in NC said...

Hello Sweet Beth. What a sweet reminder! So many times we blindly take control then the gentle Holy Spirit puts things back into proper order.

LisaShaw said...

Oh Beth, this says it all:

"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."

Love you.