What would be the impact if Christians relinquished all control to God’s authority in what we do, have, give, and how we serve?
A flea in the ear of a giraffe | Our authority vs. God’s authority
In my simple mind, I think it all boils down to not recognizing God’s ownership of our lives and material goods. Compounding the matter are those who claim to understand this but fail to relinquish control to Him. Instead of recognizing and relinquishing what is His, we hold on to it with white-knuckled fists, desperately trying to be the governing party.
In our efforts to be in charge, we lose sight of God as the author, creator, provider, director, and finisher of our faith and lives. We claim personal ownership and authorship of all we have and do.
Max Lucado in Outlive Your Life wrote:
We behave like a flea in the ear of a giraffe. The gangly animal breaks loose from the herd and charges across a wooden bridge. The worn-out bridge shivers and groans, barely able to support the weight. When they reach the other side, the flea puffs out its chest and declares, “Boy, did we shake that bridge.”
We think we’re shaking up the world when actually we’re just along for the ride.
Lucado, Max. “Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference”. Thomas Nelson, 2010. 117
Do we recognize and submit to God’s authority?
So today, I am asking: Is God our Lord? Do we accept His authority in and over our lives? Do we recognize His ownership of all that we are and have?
If so, we need to trust Him with it and relinquish control to Him.
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:13-15, NIV
If not, we need to.
Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.
Deuteronomy 6:13-15, NIV
We are God’s and subject to God’s authority.
We must let go of the mentality of “Me,” “Mine,” and “My Precious.”
In their stead, we need to recognize that we are God’s people, entrusted with His riches. What we have is by His hand. As good stewards, we need to invest the resources placed in our trust, not for our aggrandizement but to the glory of God and His Kingdom.
Lord, help us to recognize your position of authorship and authority over our lives. Help us to submit wholly to you. Please, aide us in releasing our white-knuckled grasps on life and possession. Help us to relinquish all for your glory and purpose.