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Who’s Driving?

Two guys starting a road trip argue over who will drive. It’s about controlling speed, route and other circumstances. But desire for control can get in the way of many things, including our relationship with God. When it comes to who’s driving a car, it’s easy. When it comes to who’s driving a life, it gets more complicated … or does it?

Paul is a wonderful example of a God-steered life. The Gentiles were outside of God’s chosen group, the Jews. But God’s salvation plan, through Jesus Christ, was for everyone, including the outsiders. In Ephesians 3:8, Paul says his purpose is “to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.” Paul, despite difficult circumstances, focused on his purpose: serving the Lord by serving the Gentiles.

Christians want God’s hands on the steering wheel of life. But how do we know we have handed the driving over to Him? What does God’s driving look like? God communicates His “steering” by giving us a purpose. When we seek and discover God’s purpose for our lives, we are allowing Him to steer. He decides speed, route and circumstances.

In his book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” Rick Warren says, “You cannot fulfill God's purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.” That is clear and simple. When we stop trying to drive where we want to go and focus on God, we understand His purpose for our lives.

Reflect:

  • Who’s driving in your life? If not God, do you want Him to?
  • What can you begin doing today to help you focus on God’s plans instead of your own?

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