Several years ago, my 8-year old son and I were riding in the car when the song “God Is in Control” came on the radio. When it came around to the song’s chorus he loudly sang along, “We know… Oh God is in control. Oh God is in control!”
As the song ended, I sensed a teachable moment. “So, you really like that song, don’t you?” “Oh yeah Dad, it’s a great song!” “So, what do you think those words mean, that God is control? My son, thought for a moment, “Well,” he said, “it means God is in control of everything… God makes everything happen.”
After a bit I said, “So, if God is in control of everything, what was going on this morning when you were fighting with your little brother? Was God in control then?” My son just smiled and said, “Dad, everybody knows God has to take a break sometime!”
As with my young son, so it is with us. It’s just a whole lot more convenient to be in control of our own lives when we want or to let others feed us with what to think, say, and do.
But God is to be the ultimate authority in our lives. God alone is to be God! This is a non-negotiable of the life of faith and of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus said it this way, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other…” (Matthew 6:24, CEB)
Let God be the ultimate authority in your life. Let God be God! Click here and listen to more (June 21 sermon).