Mark Affleck

I RELEASED Control To My Dentist, But NOT To God

April 17, 2019
Spiritual Growth

I released control to the dentist. I released control when the plane took off. And I released control when the roller coaster barreled down the track. But I did not release control to God.

During this time early in my faith walk, I released nothing. Not the possessions. Not the thoughts. Not the succeed-at-all-costs credo.
And then I read this:
“…whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34
From that day forward I embraced God’s mandate to release control of my mind to God–what and how I thought (Ephesians 4:22, 23).
To release control of my body because it’s his temple where he dwells (1 Corinthians 3:16).
To release control of my will and let him take over full control of my life (Revelation 22:17).
Mind. Body. Will. All in the process of perpetual release because this is a LIFE-LONG imperative, not a one-time fix.
There are different levels of releasing control in our life and God wants ALL OF THEM. But releasing control also comes at a deeper level–usually through the crucible of pain–that strengthens our intimacy with Christ.
God demands that we release control of our entire being. He wants the WHOLE, not a part.
Father God: It’s hard to believe that Jesus broke bread with his betrayer Judas just days before going to the Cross on our behalf. I pray for the strength to model your behavior when I am betrayed. When I am buffeted by the painful winds of loss. When I feel like giving up. Give me the courage to release to you all of the challenges and opportunities that come my way. You are a good and faithful Father. Consistent and compassionate. Patient and powerful. I trust you completely. As this Holy Week continues its march toward the Cross on Calvary, I stand in awe of your love for me. May I never stop releasing my hurts, pain, challenges, and opportunities to your capable and loving care. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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