“If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]” (Galatians 5:25, AMP).
Like most boys his age, my ten-year old nephew loves to play with remote-controlled toys. Whenever I watch him play with his car, I am reminded that the toy does not have a mind of its own. It does exactly what my nephew tells it to do through the remote controls. I confess that there are times I certainly wish I had someone standing on the sidelines operating the remote controls in my life. Unfortunately the life of a Christian does not work that way. My pastor often remarks that, “God is a very polite and courteous gentleman. He will never attempt to force you to do anything.” Looking back on my life I can see clearly that all the times I had the controls in my hands things did not turn out well. I seemed to always crash, go off the path and get lost, find myself behind immovable objects, get stuck in reverse, come to a complete stop as my power ran out, or go around and around in circles never getting anywhere. My life seemed to be filled with endless starts and stops.
The more I grow in Christ, the more I am learning to surrender the controls to Him. I am thankful that I am not only willing to hand over the remote but before I start my day, I invite the Holy Spirit to operate my controls. Life in His hands is so much easier. I never have hard crashes. In His hands my power never runs out. His pace is always perfect. The path He chooses is always smooth and free of obstacles. He always gets me where I need to be on time. I admit that I look forward to the journey each day as the Holy Spirit operates the controls in my life. I have peace and joy in His hands that I never had before. How about you, how is your journey? Is it time to hand off the remote to the Holy Spirit? I encourage you to decide today to trust God and surrender your life to Him. Invite Him to take over and operate your controls. You will be glad you did!
Lord, thank you for your mercy and grace and for waiting patiently for me to surrender my life to you. Jesus, I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. My life is so much easier with the Holy Spirit operating the controls. I thank you for the peace and joy I have in your hands. Lead, guide, and direct me as you choose. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.