Life is more comfortable when I am in charge of my time, activities, possessions, and money. I believe that I know better than anyone else what is best for me—what is perfect for my life. I feel secure when I am in control.
My attitude is much like that of the rich young ruler Jesus encountered. This young adult had it all. He was in control. His life was perfect. He wanted everyone to know how religious and wonderful he was, so he approached Jesus. He expected Jesus to pronounce him “Mr. Wonderful.” That did not happen. Jesus saw through his pride and need to control everything in his life.
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
Jesus told him to give up control of his possessions and live by faith. The young man would not.
I am too much like that rich young ruler. When Jesus calls me to step out in faith, I often ask, “Are you sure that is what you want, Lord?”
A friend, who admits to wanting things done her way, was struggling with controlling some areas of her life. God had been convicting her to relinquish some power, but she was resisting—feeling guilty but still not letting go. Recently, she was taking care of her granddaughter at her daughter’s house. Her hair needed fixed so she grabbed her daughter’s can of hair spray. She was impressed with how well the hair spray held her hair so she checked the label. The brand was Control Addict.
God can even use a brand of hair spray to get our attention. Are you listening for God’s gentle nudge?