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Does Becoming a Christian Require Yielding Control? (Y1.T2.D51)

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I worked as a professional coach and mentor for the bulk of my career. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, I helped people navigate their way through process improvement techniques. I was responsible for teaching organizations to let go of their preconceived solutions and trust the "voice of the customer" and the statistical process data.

Leadership no longer held the reigns—not because they weren't competent but because they weren't close enough to the daily tasks to understand how to best make them work. This concept scared many of them because they would be held responsible if something failed.

I'd tell them, "I get it. I've been in the passenger seat of a car with my fifteen-year-old merging onto a busy freeway without a steering wheel or brake. It was terrifying. If anything happened, I would be liable. However, if I never trusted my daughter to execute the task, she would never succeed."

As humans, we don't like the idea of giving up control to someone else. And while we might not like the answer, becoming a Christian is all about yielding control—to God not men.

One thing that makes yielding to the Almighty easier is by recognizing we control little in life.

Think about it. Imagine all the things you think you control—where you will go, when you will get there, what you will do, and who you will talk to. Then add a natural disaster or an accident or a pandemic to the circumstance. Every perceived autonomy goes out the window.

We can't control what happens in life, but we can depend on a God who does.

In a previous post (can a criminal go to heaven), we were reminded that we are servants to either sin or the Savior. Romans 6:22 states: "But now, being made free from sin and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification and the result of eternal life."

Life requires that we yield to sin (fleshly desires) or God. The latter provides not only a better afterlife but the peace we need as a passenger seated next to a new driver.

Jesus Take the Wheel

17 “I command these things to you, that you may love one another. 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But they will do all these things to you for my name’s sake, because they don’t know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me, hates my Father also. 24 If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now they have seen and also hated both me and my Father. 25a But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, (John 15:17–25a)

Psalm 35:19, John 15:25b

20 For they don’t speak peace,

but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

21 Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me.

They said, “Aha! Aha! Our eye has seen it!”

22 You have seen it, Yahweh. Don’t keep silent.

Lord, don’t be far from me.

23 Wake up! Rise up to defend me, my God!

My Lord, contend for me!

24 Vindicate me, Yahweh my God, according to your righteousness.

Don’t let them gloat over me.

25 Don’t let them say in their heart, “Aha! That’s the way we want it!”

Don’t let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”

26 Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity.

Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.

27 Let those who favor my righteous cause shout for joy and be glad.

Yes, let them say continually, “May Yahweh be magnified,

who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!”

28 My tongue shall talk about your righteousness and about your praise all day long. (Psalm 35:20–28)

26 “When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

1 “I have said these things to you so that you wouldn’t be caused to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. 3 They will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; 9 about sin, because they don’t believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; 11 about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.

12 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. 13 However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine and will declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me.”

17 Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you won’t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;’ and, ‘Because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that he says, ‘A little while’? We don’t know what he is saying.”

19 Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, “Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you won’t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?’ 20 Most certainly I tell you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. (John 15:26–16:22)

Meditation Moment

Dear God,

Thank You for sending Your only son down from heaven, not to do his will but the will of the One who sent him. (John 6:38). And if Jesus—who is the Word and who was with God in the beginning and who is God (John 1:1)—yielded to the Father's will, so should I. But I need Your help. You have first-hand knowledge of how hard it can be to say to the Father, "Not my will, but yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). Enable me to do the same.


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