Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Let Jesus Take Over


Many years ago we used to sing a song in church that had the title “Give up and let Jesus take over.” It was all about letting the Lord help us in the battles and trials of life, when we had run out of ideas or resources. And that is how most of us live our Christian lives, if we are honest. We do our best every day to try and please God, and only really bother him when we can’t manage any longer. Our prayers may go something like this...”Dear Lord, I don’t come to you very often and I never ask for much, could you please help me with this situation.” Then we have a mental picture of God on his throne thinking to himself “I suppose so, you don’t cause me too much trouble, and I might help you out this time.” You get the picture; generally God is not too involved with our daily life, but He is there is we really need Him.

The apostle Paul said this, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” In other words, we are not supposed to let God take over just when we get into trouble, we are supposed to let Him take over full stop. He is not just the power we need when our resources run out; He is the power for everything. And not only our power, but also our wisdom, our love, our patience, our kindness, our self, control, our health and so on and so on. Jesus Christ in us is our whole life and therefore the true Christian life is letting Jesus take over.

How do we apply this truth practically? Well, you can start by realising that with Jesus in you, by His Holy Spirit, you are calling on resources that are already there, rather than trying to get your Father to send something extra. Instead of praying "Lord give me patience (or wisdom) to deal with this situation," we should instead say "Thanks Lord for giving me patience, and I am now releasing it into this situation." Paul said to Timothy "Stir up the gift that is in you, " and that is what we are doing when we acknowledge what we already have in Christ.


Scripture reading

Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22, 1 Corinthians 4:5-11, 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, Philemon 6

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