In April, out family adopted a little black labrador puppy, Maverick. He loves to play ball, however there is just one problem he doesn’t want to release the ball from his mouth so that we can throw it for him to retrieve. He brings us the ball, his dark eyes shining, begging us to play, but he won’t release the ball. As much as he wants to play he doesn’t want to release his prize–control of the ball.
I wonder if we too, are like my puppy? We desperately want Jesus–His grace and mercy, salvation, and eternal life–but do we want to turn the reins of our life over to Him? We believe Jesus can cleanse us from our sins, but do we trust Him with our lives?
Or do we hold unto the reins of our lives as tightly as my puppy grasps his ball refusing to turn control of our relationships, finances, children, selfishness, jobs, material possessions, perfectionism, etc. over to the Lord?
Do we believe if we give Him the reins of our lives He will see us through in all circumstances? For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13). Or do we fear, that perhaps, we won’t like the direction in which He wants us to go, and therefore hold firmly to the reins of our lives and refuse to let go?
Do we sometimes give God the reins of our lives only to quickly snatch them back? Or do we make Christ, Lord of our lives giving Him full control over all we say and do? Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6).