Matt 16:24-26, (The Message) Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?”
I once heard of a bumper sticker that said “If God is your Co-Pilot, change seats”. I thought that was good advice. After all Jesus told us, we are to be followers of Him, we are not to lead Him. Yet that is what most of us try to do each day.
We roll, drag or jump out of bed each morning and get ready for the day. Not taking the time to invite God to let us know what His plans are for us. Then we shake our fists and blame Him when the day doesn’t go as we planned it. Sorry, folks, put the fist down and point that finger at the person who is really at fault here. Yep, it’s us.
It is not just important, it’s crucial that we get up, say even fifteen minutes earlier, to spend some time in God’s Word. It not only opens us up to His will for the day but it also helps set our attitude right. Placing God in the driver’s seat first thing in the morning also takes some of the pressure off of us because we have been reminded that God will be facing the day with us.
There were times as a young adult that I would mess up and have to call my Dad for help. He would make a couple of phone calls and the problem would, if not disappear, at least be greatly diminished. So it is with our Abba Father. He would rather we come to him before the problem started, but when we do come to Him, He is willing to forgive us and help us deal with the consequences of our actions.
“Follow me and I’ll show you how.” Jesus said. We don’t have to blaze our own trail using trial and error or reading man-written self-help books. We have sixty-six self-help books all rolled into one easy to carry volume, the Bible. In it we can find all kinds of maps giving clear direction in the way we need to go. For any question we have, we can find the answer or principle in the Bible to direct us.
Going our own way will only lead down pot holed roads, blind alleys, and dead ends. Who needs that kind of day? God gives us 1,440 minutes to spend each day. Surely, we can set aside fifteen minutes or more for Him to give us directions for our day and thank Him for it?
The journey will be much smoother if we do. Of course there will still be bumps in the road but that’s because we aren’t perfect yet. We still have lessons to learn in this life. But with Jesus in the driver’s seat, we can trust Him to always travel in the right direction. We will never get lost again. It is only when we take control and won’t listen to Jesus giving us directions that we crash and burn. Think about it, are you ready to change seats with Him and put Jesus in the driver’s seat of your life?