“Dad!! Quick!! Tell me how to change weapons!!” –daughter
“Give me the controller so I can show you.” –dad
“NO! Just tell me quick!” –daughter
“Give me the controller.” –dad
“Never mind.”- daughter
I was in the kitchen cooking some potato soup, when I overheard this conversation between my daughter and my husband. It was an unusually lazy Saturday afternoon, and perfect for a PlayStation game. But my daughter needed a little guidance on this game, and she did the right thing by asking for help. Yet she did what we often do with God, she didn’t want to give up control.
The result, my daughter didn’t do so well on that round. And neither do we when we continue to do things OUR way. Bottom line: until we surrender to Christ, we will always come out on the losing end. HE is the one that makes us victorious. We win because of Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
You’re probably thinking right now that you have nothing to worry about because you’ve surrendered your heart to Christ: you’re saved, and you’re going to Heaven. If that’s true I rejoice with you. But surrender to God doesn’t end at Salvation. It is just beginning, and it is a process: a lifelong decision on our part to allow God to take the reins.
To yield something to the possession or power of another
To submit or yield
Is there something you are holding on to that God has been asking you to give HIM possession of for a long time: a bad habit, a wrong behavior, a negative thought life, a bad attitude or hanging out with the wrong crowd? We can ask God to help us in these areas, but what will we say when his answer is, “Give me the controller.” Will we respond like my daughter did to her dad and say, “NO?” or “Never mind?”
Who is in control?
Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord, recognizing that we have need of Him, and allow Him in on this process of surrender. He will be with us every step of the way, gently guiding us and encouraging us. He wants us to WIN! To succeed in everything we do in life. HE has the answers. So let’s give Him the control.