Who's In Charge
certain sea captain and his chief engineer argued as
to which of them was more important to the ship.
Failing to agree, they resorted to a unique plan of
chief engineer ascended to the bridge and the captain
went to the engine room. After a couple of hours the
captain suddenly appeared on the deck covered with oil
"Chief!" he yelled, wildly waving aloft a monkey
wrench. "You'll have to come down here; I can't make
course you can't," replied the Chief. "We're aground!”
argument between the captain and the chief engineer –
and its results – mirrors the struggle that you and I
face when it comes to who is in charge of our lives.
Jeremiah spoke the truth when he wrote: “O 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). In fact, when you and I seek to take control
and direct our own ships, we often “run it
aground,” for “There is a way that seems right to a
man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs
We need direction!
The real issue is LORDSHIP – who is going to be the
lord of our lives – ourselves or the Lord?
has made His Son Jesus both Lord and Christ (Acts
2:36). Jesus died on the cross to become our Savior –
to pay the price for our sins. Then Jesus rose from
the dead three days later. Now, He lives to be our
is ONLY when we submit to Christ as the Lord of our
lives that He can save us from sin and lead us to
eternal life. Following any other way leads to
destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
Jesus said, "Not everyone who SAYS to
Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who DOES the will of My Father in
heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
confess Christ as Lord AND to have Him as our Savior
requires that we place
faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in
to follow Him
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10),
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
baptized (immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of our
sins (Acts 2:38). Confessing Christ as Lord also
requires that we continue to follow Him faithfully.
"But why do you call
Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not DO the things which I
say?” (Luke 6:46).
Don’t run aground! Submit to the Captain, the Lord
Jesus Christ! He will lead you to eternal life in the
beautiful port of heaven.
Won’t YOU submit your
life to THE Lord?
David A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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