Have you ever really sat back and thought about everything that a line can do? It can be a barrier, it can be a way to organize things, it can cause division among things, or it can be a path to follow.
For example, the lines on the roads. If they are followed correctly, they guide traffic safely. However, you remove those lines, there becomes chaos.
There are figurative lines when we talk about personal boundaries. Nobody can see them, but you know they are there.
But what about when it comes to faith? Christ drew a line for us to follow:
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.” ~John 14:6 HCSB
He gave us a very black and white statement. No one can get to the Father unless they believe in Jesus. But this is where the line gets blurred for some people.
See, you can either be on one side of the line or the other – either you believe or you don’t – there is no grey area.
There are those believers who claim to be believers but do not show actions of a believer. In other words they do not show Christ’s love, they do not pray for others, and/or they do not give up complete control of their lives to/for Christ.
On the other hand, you have those who are believers and show Christ’s love to the best of their Earthly ability, they pray for others – especially those who come to them in need, and they offer their whole lives to Christ.
I will not sit here and say that it is easy for me to turn over complete control of my life. After all, who could keep up a schedule like ours if you have zero control over it? Well, the answer is simple – He can.
I gave up complete control of my life in early 2013. Up until then, I was one of those believers who said they believed (and I truly did) but I did not show it. I did hide behind my faith. I was scared to offend those around me who didn’t believe. As soon as I gave up control of my life, He started to do some pretty amazing things.
He brought me out of an abusive relationship. He healed my broken self into something that He could use for His glory. He called me back into an education program that I loved. He gave me a job offer that allowed me to escape the daily grind of a gas station. He allowed my path to cross with a man that I had only dreamed about. He showed me a way to share my life story, my faith story, and my heart on a public forum. He lead us to a home church. He has done it all.
The difference between the “new” believer in me and the “old” believer in me? The old believer believed that Jesus was my Savior. The new believer in me believes that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. They key difference being the word Lord.
One of the definitions of the word Lord is “act in a superior and domineering manner towards someone”.
I have began to follow His greatest command for us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” ~Matthew 22:37
He has come first and foremost in my life – even during times that I wish I could maintain control. I cannot do it without Him. He knows what I can handle and He knows that I need Him to help me through.
Do you hold Christ above yourself or do you feel that you come first?
We saw the line that Christ gave us – “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
If you have not accepted Christ and your Lord and Savior, do you feel that he is going to let you to the Father off of some excuse as to why you felt that you were superior to Christ?
When He stretched out his arms on that cross, He forgave all of our sins. That shows us that not one person should be viewed over the other. We are all sinners and we have all been forgiven. So why is it that people still feel that they can control when Christ is in their lives and when he ‘doesn’t need to be there’?
Wonderful things begin to happen in life when you decide that you want to give up complete control. Until then, His arms are still stretched open waiting for you to realize that He is the way, the truth and the life.
“No one comes to the Father Except through me.”
Which side of the line are you on?
*Blog topic credit goes to Shane. Thanks, love!*