In preparation for our first sermon series, I’m studying the Gospel of Mark. This past week I came across this quote by Rebecca Pippert that I think is quite important:
“What does it mean, then, to allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives?…Just this: whatever controls us is our lord. The person who seeks power is controlled by power. The person who seeks acceptance is controlled by the people he or she wants to please. We do not control ourselves. We are controlled by the lord of our life. If Jesus is our Lord, then he is the one who controls, he has the ultimate power. There are no bargains. We cannot manipulate him by playing ‘let’s make a deal.’ If he is Lord, the only option open to us is to do his will, to let him have control. [Of course] Jesus remains Lord whether we accept him or not. His lordship, his essence, is not affected by what we choose. But our lives are drastically changed by our choice.”
There is nothing sweeter and better than surrendering your heart to Jesus and acknowledging his moment-by-moment control of your life.