This verse is an amazing reminder that it is not about me; it is all about Christ. When accepting Christ as Savior, we also accept him as Lord over our lives. This means that we are at the mercy of him. We will do what the master says. It makes me think about a ship and it’s captain. The ship-mates all follow the captains orders, whatever they may be. They do not have time to stop and question the captain, sit down, and have a discussion. When the sail needs to be hoisted, it needs to be hoisted immediately.
However, there are times that we forget about his Lordship over our lives and we want to stop, sit, and discuss all of the details with him to make sure that it actually is in our best interest. That is one reason we chose to memorize this verse. It is a reminder that we have died to our selves. We have forfeited the ability to choose for ourselves. We are no longer in the driver’s seat.
Everything that we do is out of faith in the Son of God. Why? For a couple of reasons. First, he loved us enough to give himself up for us. He took the ultimate punishment so that we do not have to bear what we deserve but instead get to enjoy the blessings and relationship with God the Father. Secondly, he was, is, and will always be perfect. If there is anyone I want to be in control of my life it is one that cannot make a wrong decision. Certainly we can and do mess up and have faults. Jesus does not. All of his decisions are perfect. So, yes, I will let him call the shots.
As Gail and I seek to live out this verse daily, we pray that you will join us in this. Please die…die to yourself so that you can experience true life.
A small update on our travel: We have hit the halfway point for funds raised! This is exciting and we certainly know that God is working in and through others, maybe even you, and pulling us together as the body of Christ to do his perfect will. Thank you again for partnering with us. Also, please do not forget about the Sunday service this coming Sunday if you are in these parts.
In Christ’s Love,