So I posted my weekly Service Set list, Recap, and Confessional last night – including a whine (or waa!) in the confessional portion. It felt good to write about it and get it off my chest. Sunday AM was rough – I felt rushed and didn’t like not have things under control…
Fast forward to this morning. I’ve been listening to Andy Stanley’s podcast series, Defining Moments and this morning I was on episode 8, Playing God. The text was from John 18:28 to 19:16…it’s about Jesus before Pilate. The key being that while Pilate thought he was in control – he wasn’t.
From chapter 19:
9…”Where do you come from?” he [Pilate] asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free…
Some key thoughts from the podcast:
To respond to events with the attitude of “if I don’t, it won’t” [or I am or I have to be in control] is to assume a position, a power, or an authority in the universe that I don’t hold.
Can we live life with this attitude: “If I were absolutely confident that God is in control, what would I do or how should I respond in this circumstance?”
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Implication…it’s not been given to you/me. Therefore, live your life as if He is sovereign and in control.
Do we live as if God’s hands are shackled or bound and that we have to jump in and help Him?
The things we have “control” over are temproary, short-lived, and given by God. We are merely stewards.
Kinda puts my whine or “waa” in a little different light.
Umm, not much more to say…
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*If you’re not familiar with this word, it is from the movie, Kung Fu Panda and is the word said when you preform the mushi finger hold. See below: