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Yes Lord, We Will Ride With You

While I was driving in Cookeville the other day, a car merged in front of me and I noticed two familiar bumper stickers thereon. The first read, "Yes Lord we will ride with you," and the other, "Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on!" I couldn't help but combine the two statements in my mind and think, "So often it seems that people really act in that manner towards Christ." Let me explain.

Nearly the entire religious world and numerous people who don't even claim to be faithful declare a deep reverence for Jesus Christ. They are willing to say to Him, "get in," or "come into my life;" however, for Jesus to come into one's life, he or she must enter "into" Christ. In Galatians 3:27, Paul said, "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Without obedience to Christ, a plea for Him to enter our lives is in vain." (Matthew 7:21.)

Then there are those who have entered into Christ, but by their actions they have said to Him, "Sit down and shut up." They say, "I love you, Lord, but I don't want to hear what you have to say about pre-marital sex." (I Corinthians 16:18.) They say, "Save me, Lord, but I don't think it's best to commemorate your death with the Lord's Supper every first day of the week." (Acts 20:7) They say, "I am yours, Lord, but I will not hear your ways." "Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin." (Isaiah 30:1.)

We must be so careful that our lives do not send this message to the Lord: "Get in, Lord, but hold on because I'm driving!" Jeremiah said, "0 LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." (Jeremiah 10:23) We must have the humility to realize that God's way is ever superior to our own. So, let go of the steering wheel of self-will, and let Him take control.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward