Who’s In Control?

MAF missionaries pilot dave and linda ringenbergLately I feel like God’s gentle hand has highlighted an area of my life where He wants me to go deeper— daily obedience. Recently He has been presenting me with this question: “Who is in control of your life right now?” And I had to answer “me.”

When it comes to the BIG decisions of life, like moving overseas, or changing jobs, I generally don’t have a problem saying “yes” as long as I truly know that’s what God wants us to do. What I struggle with is the moment-by-moment choices we make every day. When life is hard or painful, am I going to turn my face away from God and sulk, or am I going to leave Him on the throne of my heart and trust Him to be all I need? When I have already planned out my day, and there’s a gentle nudge to go visit that person, do I listen, or do I just stick with my own agenda? When all is stripped away, who is truly in control of my life? Me? Or Christ?

MAF missionary linda ringenbergEvery believer has this same struggle, even though our lives may look very different on the outside. Taking time to focus on this question each day for the past several weeks has sharpened my awareness of the Holy Spirit and the place I give Him in my life. And, the times that I have truly allowed Him to reign on the throne of my heart have brought me much joy and peace and a desire to serve others. So, let us continually “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord”(Ephesians 5:18-19 NASB). Let’s moment by moment give Christ the place He deserves in our hearts: the throne.

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