Who is in control of your life?
Some may be thinking about their boss on the job, their spouse at home, or even, in some families, it might be the kids. The question, however, is directed to the spiritual aspects of your life. Are you in control or is God in control?
As human beings, we like to be in charge…in control of our own lives. We don’t like to live our life for someone else. We may think, "It is my life I can do as I please." That statement is true. You can do whatever you please, but we should be doing what pleases God not us.
The fall of man came because man did what was pleasing to himself. In fact, Satan fell from Heaven because he wanted to live his own life. We were born into sin because of what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. We now have to endure the tempting of the pride of life. We have to suppress our desire to live a life of our own will.
John the Baptist said, "That I may decrease so He can increase."
What a powerful statement! This sums up the whole definition of surrender. As a child of God, we know longer seek to live for our own wills but God’s will. We should seek to die to ourselves, our plans, our own agendas, our pleasures and take up God’s life and plans.
Man’s problems today can all be traced to the fact that people do not want to give up any part of themselves to God. Christians have a hard time laying down their pride, to submit to the leadership of God. We can say that we love God. We can work for His kingdom. We can pray and read our Bible and still not be submitted to Him.
How can you tell when someone has surrendered to God? Humility and servant hood. They humble themselves and care nothing about who gets credit for their service. They lay down the pleasures of this life so that they can walk in God’s life. Evidence of a surrendered Christian is seen in the reflection of Christ in the believer. They don’t tout spirituality they just walk in Christ’s love.
Surrender your life to Christ. Give up everything to Him. Quit worrying about what God can do for you and think of what you can do for Him. Lay down your pleasures, your will and all that is in you and walk in humility. God blesses those who are surrendered to Him.