Written by: Scott Godinez, Youth Pastor
Consider Jonah, God had called him to a specific purpose and instead, Jonah disobeyed. He wrote a new chapter for himself focused solely on his personal desires with little concern for God. Friends, do not be fooled, we cannot allow ourselves to be the author of our own story for we risk our innate selfishness dictating our lives and leading us astray from the challenges God often uses to mature our faith.
Instead, we must submit our desire to reach for the pen and in our limited judgment craft a preferred narrative. Often there are things found in pain that can never be learned in luxury.
Often there are things found in pain that can never be learned in luxury.
Consider Peter, when news arrived in Antioch that several Jews from James would be arriving soon, he allowed his concern for their opinion to outweigh his own convictions. Ultimately it influenced his actions and he withdrew from eating with Gentiles effectively leading many astray to the point that it necessitated a rebuke from Paul. While it may seem obvious, we must not allow other people to be the author of our story.
When we bestow so much authority onto the opinions of others that it begins to affect our convictions we find ourselves in a place where we would rather offend God than offend man.
We would rather offend God, than offend man.
Consider the Rich young ruler, his love for his great possessions prevented him from seeing the depth of his need for Jesus. His intimacy with material grandeur blinded him to the reality that Jesus must be our greatest treasure. We cannot allow things to be the author of our story. Jesus tried to save the young ruler from this idolatry by calling him to surrender the thing he treasured most–the thing that was ultimately establishing the parameters of his life.
Your life might feel out of control because you haven’t allowed God to be in control.
It seems appropriate that God ought to be the author of our story, but it doesn’t take long for us to admit the difficulty of this task is found in surrender. Why is it so difficult for a flawed, sinful person to give up control to a loving, perfect, sinless God?–it’s probably because we’re flawed and sinful!
Let me leave you with this final thought. As we practice surrendering the pen and inviting God to take charge of more areas of our life, impress upon your heart and mind the story of the Gospel. Remind yourself that this author is the same one who sent his son to die for you, to redeem you, all because of his great love for you.
When we look to the next chapter of our lives, Christian, we do not have to fear, because we know who holds the pen!