The future will either guide you or distract you.
Do you believe you are fully responsible for your future? Do you think you can control every situation in your life? You know you can’t, right? There are definitely things we can control, things like how hard we work, how well we plan, and actually taking a step in the right direction. But there is no way for us to control all the details in our life. There are two groups of people in life – those who think they are in control and those who believe God is in control.
The Bible says that if you think you are in control, you are actually an opponent to God.
“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” – Luke 11:23
When we try to control our lives and put ourselves on the throne we are actually working against God. We are acting like we are God. When you live like you are in control you live a delusional life. You expect everyone to fall under your plan and do exactly what you tell them to do. When things don’t go the way you planned, you throw a royal tantrum. Following Jesus is the exact opposite of this kind of life.
Following Jesus is a life of surrender. To surrender means to cease being an opponent and submit to authority. To surrender to God means putting Jesus on the throne of your life, giving God control, and submitting your life to His plans. Jesus is our ultimate example of living our life on this earth for God. He shows us a perfect example of what it means to let God be in control of our lives.
“He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” – Mark 14:35-36
As Jesus was about to experience death on the cross, He paints this picture of a sort of tension we all will experience when living a life surrendered to God.
We all would would want to avoid suffering just like Jesus did, but He was willing to do whatever God wanted Him to do. Are you saying to God I want your will to be done? Are you for God or against God? Is God on the throne of your life or do you insist on reigning as the king of your life? Would you say your are living your life surrendered to Jesus?