Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hands Off!

"When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, He sat on it" (Mark 11:14).

Have you ever noticed that people like to be right?  Sure you have, and I'm sure you've been one of those people.  We like to be in control.  We like to get the last word.  And, when things feel as though they are spinning out of control, we like to grip hard and take control ourselves.  However, that mindset doesn't mesh so well with the idea of trusting God.  The Bible calls us to self-control, which is really another way of calling us to "self-surrender."

Jesus told His disciples precisely what to do in order to facilitate His entry into Jerusalem.  No matter how much sense it did or didn't make, or what kind of ideas they may have had, they did it.  They brought it to Him and gave it to Him without questioning His motives or His authority, and even threw their own cloaks, part of their identity, on it.  His response?  He sat on it.  He took over.  It wasn't about their accomplishment.  It was about Him.

We can't bake what we do for God about us.  It's not about us.  It's not about getting our way, or having to make sense of something before we submit and obey.  We must give it, everything, to Him with the sole of purpose of Him take it, and taking it over.

We must embrace a life-changing truth that can very well be life-destroying if we choose to live in a state of stubborn control.  Life is not about "me."  It's not about me looking good.  It's not about how I am seen in the eyes of the masses.  It's not about my accomplishments, even when it's exactly what God has asked me to do.

You and I are never to cease giving it all to Him.  We are to allow Him to take that dream, that accomplishment, that situation, that circumstance, and that major life decision, and let Him sit on it.  It's about lifting Him up.  It can be no other way.  If I am in control, I deserve all that comes my way.  If He is in control, I will receive more than I can ever deserve.

Former second baseman for the New York Yankees from the 50's and 60's prayed one of the simplest, yet most profound and powerful prayers.  Our challenge today, is to pray this prayer with conviction, confession, and commitment, that it may truly be the cry of our hearts.  "Dear God.  Your will.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  Nothing else.  Amen."

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