Monday, April 1, 2013

Who's The Boss?

Who’s The Boss?

Matthew 26:36-46 paints for us a picture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane just hours before his arrest, which led to His death on the cross.

This is a beautiful story of how Jesus’ love for us and His submission to the will of His Father led to salvation for all mankind. In verse 39 it says that Jesus prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Thank God he submitted to God’s will. It is so easy for us to think of Jesus as our savior, but He is much more than that. Yes, He came to save us, but He is also our Lord! That means He is our master or our supreme authority. Can we say to Him, “I want your will to be done, not mine?”

Every day we are in a battle. We will never win if we don’t submit to our Lord. If you’re anything like me, you do a pretty good job of making a mess of things when you depend on yourself. God wants us to entrust our lives to Him.

To submit ourselves to God we have to have faith and trust Him that He is good and has our best interest at heart. He is sovereign; that means He has everything under control. He knows all and sees all. He is not a hands off God who leaves us on our own.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
1 Peter 5:7-9

He cares for you, that’s why He wants you to submit to His authority. 

Not because He wants to make you miserable. Not because He is a tyrant.

 It’s because when you let things go and give them to God he can take them and make them good. He can redeem them. 

He can change you and bless you beyond all you can imagine.

I'd like to end by saying this, “Understanding authority is a great display of faith.” To submit to authority requires faith in that person. Do you trust Him enough to give up the control you've held onto? Do you trust him to take care of you? To guide your footsteps?

Remember this,
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31

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