How do I make God the Lord of my life?
Question: “How can I make God the complete Lord of my life?”
What is your understanding of “Lord of our life”? We by nature want to control all the facets of our life. We want to control where we go, who we see, what we do. The concept of turning control of our life to another is foreign to us. But making God the Lord of our life includes realizing that in reality we have very little idea what is best for us. The problem is that we cannot see into the future. We have no idea what an action today will produce tomorrow. We make a guess and hope we are right. All we can do is hope. Unfortunately, after the fact, we find that we are often wrong. Wouldn’t it be great if we could always be right, always make the right choice. Fortunately, God wants you to walk with Him, to talk with Him, to let Him pick you up in His arms and tell you how much he cares. He says, let me take care of all of your problems, let me show you the best way to go.
God does not give us the big picture that he sees, but he gives guidance, step by step. When God is the Lord of our lives, we wait upon Him to tell us and guide us into the perfect path. Truly making God the Lord of our life means that we trust Him with all areas of our life, that we surrender all that we are and all that we have to the Lord.
The starting point to a Spirit controlled life is admitting that you cannot live a Christian life by your own effort. It takes Christ in you to live as Christ lived. We need to daily confess our need for Jesus to take over our lives, to think through our minds, see through our eyes, speak through our month, listen through our ears, touch through our hands, walk through our feet, and have His love flowing through us to others. …Christ in you (Col. 1:27).
Unfortunately, many Christians including pastors and church leaders are not following the Holy Spirit, but are being guided by their own wisdom and often pride. When we accept and seek the Holy Spirit, then it is God at work, and we have no reason to be proud. As Jesus said, “… for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13). When we are not being proud, it is easy to be humble.
But most of us have a problem, impatience. We want it now. Lord, should I take that new job. Ten minutes later, well God hasn’t said no, so I will take the new job. Faith in God includes faith in God’s timing. This one question can have so many possible scenarios. Maybe in a year, you would get a major promotion if you stay with your present employer, or maybe the new company will close in a year leaving you suddenly unemployed. Only God knows the future and we will only know when we trust God and wait upon the Lord to tell us, its time “now” to take the next step. That “now” may be in 5 minutes or it may be in 5 years, but that is part of trusting and waiting on the Lord.
We ask God for His guidance and direction and wait on His timing to tell or show us the way to go, both for the big issues and the little every day issues. However, with little things, such as what to wear or what to eat, etcetera, we can rest on 1 John 3:21, Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
It is hard to wait, but to plunge ahead without waiting for God is to say “God, I do not trust your timing.”
When we patiently wait upon God for His directions, we are trusting God to be the Lord of our life and we reap the advantages of not having problems for we have given them to the Lord.
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