Romans 14:8-- If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
There is much agreement in the world as to the wisdom of having a mentor. But there is little talk of anyone having a master. Is this because the prevailing dogma has always been “I am the Captain of my own ship”? If I adhere to the notion that I know what is best for me, my compass is set to the course of my vision. Unfortunately this vision is sorely limited in at least two major ways. First, I don’t know what tomorrow holds. Therefore, the best plans I make may be thoroughly dashed by what happens in the future. Second, I am influenced by a competing team of advisors--both internally and externally.
Even in the safest of harbors barnacles accumulate. I cannot achieve peace in a vessel always at war.
A ship called Me set out to sea launched from a pier of dreams.
For water deep and vast unknowns to test her wooden beams.
With Captain Self perched at the wheel the rudder gives to waves
That only One who sent His Son, can ever hope to brave.
Will this ship forever sink torn by great disaster?
It all depends on who’s in charge—the mortal or the Master.
Heaven witnesses the chaos of billions of skippers all trying to guide their crafts through turbulent waters. Those who insist on trusting manmade solutions, find themselves wrecked on reefs of sin. Some realize their hopelessness. They send out a desperate SOS. They receive an answer from the Lord of the Universe—SMS (Sent My Son). Jesus knows the way home! The prudent course of action is to schedule a permanent change of command. Every Captain Self must step aside for the One who went where no others could go.
Immediately an amazing change takes place. When I give up my right to be in charge and agree to let the Lord lead I gain a Master:
Who is your Master?
To have a master means to have one who is closer than a friend, one whom I know knows me better than I know myself, one who has fathomed the remotest abyss of my heart and satisfied it, one who brings me the secure sense that he has met and solved every perplexity of my mind—that, and nothing less, is to have a master.—Oswald Chambers in So Send I You
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)