Who’s driving this bus anyway? If you or I are driving, the tires are going flat, we’re running out of gas, and the motor’s shutting down while the drive shaft is falling out. If the bus does run long enough you and I will drive it right over the cliff. Do you think maybe we should consider turning the wheel over to God and let Jesus be in control of our lives as we serve Him by faith? Like the song says, “Jesus, take the wheel”.
The apostle Paul knew the greatest gift in this world after God’s saving grace was to be led by God to bless others. That equals the providence of God – God being in control and Paul submissively going through the open doors Jesus provided. Paul knew he did not deserve to be a servant of the Lord but he took full advantage of it and let God be in control of his entire life.
Read Philippians 1:12-14,21-23; 4:4-14. Then take a deep breath, let go of the wheel, get out of the driver’s seat, and let Jesus be in control of your life today. Listen to Control by Tenth Avenue North.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brothers and sisters, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;