Feeling the Need to Be in Control

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (New International Version 1984, Romans 8:6).

If you are like me, you have struggled during the COVID-19 Pandemic with the loss of control.  Finances, health, friendships, corporate worship, routines, travel, social life, traditions and holidays are a few that come to my mind.

Consciously or subconsciously, I work to control other areas when I sense the loss of control in one area.  I have been working double-time during this pandemic to control what I can.

How do I reconcile this with the foundation of the Christian life which is about daily surrender to Jesus Christ?  I can’t!

There can be disagreement on many things in life.  There can be disagreement on some things in the Christian life.  There is one thing that is clear throughout the Bible; God requires control!

Some things you need to pray about.  Control is the thing you just need to act on.  It is a simple, but not easy decision.  There are times when God gets my attention in one masterful stroke of His grace.  Usually, because of my hardening of heart, He has to soften me up to remold me in His image.

This is where the Word, willingness and worship come in.  These three Ws cover so much ground as the basics of the Christian walk.  Time given to these three Christian disciplines (yes, I think developing a willing heart can be a discipline) is rewarded with the moving of the Holy Spirit in a heart.

This brings us to the realization that we have retaken control of something in our life that we had previously given to the Lord.  It is at this point when we need to act in fresh surrender and give up control. 

This is the point of victory.  This is the experience of the “peace that transcends all understanding” (Phil 4:5).  This is where John said, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).  This is where Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).  This is where Jesus said, “yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

Join me in a fresh surrender to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Giving up control,

Tim Gentry

Executive Chaplain

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