Anti-Rejection ~ Tuesday
Explanations ~ Wednesday
The Correct Response ~ Thursday
Patterns ~ Friday
Considering where we've been all week, it's time to be honest about what keeps tripping us up when it comes to doing what we're told: Control.
The truth is, we struggle with obedience more than anything because it means we are giving up control. We know in our mind and in our heart that Jesus is more than worthy of our trust, but as the Plumb song questions What will you ask of me? scares us to death.
So we have to make a choice. Jesus or ourselves. It really does boil down to which one we want to control us more and which one is the better option.
If we choose Jesus, we know he has our long term best interests at heart. If we choose ourselves, we know we have only the immediate moment in mind. And giving up control (or at least our illusion of it) is not going to come easily.
Lord, this week you have pressed on our hearts the truth that we need to surrender our hearts and all of its contents if we are going to walk in obedience. Help us to see what we are holding on to that is holding us back from all that you have for us. Release in us a desire to make your plans our greatest desires. Reveal to us anything that has greater control over our lives and choices than you. And finally, give us new hearts that are fixed on doing things your way not our own. In Jesus powerful name, Amen.