By Brother Michel Lankford
Today we are exploring the question: Neighbor Joe Davison Asked:
“Who is Really the Master of My Life? Am I the Master of My Life, or is God the master of my life?
Eternally There are 2 Kingdoms NOT 3
Neighbor, the first issue that we have to address is that there is a common misconception that people make. People often make the mistake of thinking that they generally have three choices when it comes to deciding who is going to lead their lives. They generally believe that they can choose between serving God, serving themselves or serving the devil. In truth, when it comes to eternal issues, there are only TWO choices, NOT three. Eternally, there are only TWO realities. A person will either live in the Kingdom of Light, (with God), or they will live in the kingdom of darkness; (with the devil). If you live to serve yourself, you will eventually fall into obeying your sinful nature, which means that you would actually be serving the devil by default. That is the reality that people fail to understand.
What Determines WHOSE Side You are On?
So, who is running your life? Are you on God’s side or are you on the devil side? How is this determined?
The answer is, it depends on what you honor and obey. You see, from the biblical point of view, what ever you practice, honor, obey, and do on a regular basis; that is what you TRULY ARE. In the Bible you ARE, what you regularly DO. In the Bible, whatever you obey and honor; that’s what you belong to.
If you behave selfishly, you are selfish. If you behave lovingly then you are loving. If you follow and obey your own passions and sinful nature, then you are a sinner. What you really are is determined by what you choose and what you do.
As It Is Written: “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? (Romans 6:14–16 NASB95)
So, if you want to know who truly is the master of your life, look at what you follow. Look at what you obey. Look at what you honor most of the time. That is your true master.
As It Is Written: “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.(1 John 3:7–10 NASB95)
If you choose to be master of your own life, you can do that. The problem is that you will be trapped in whatever is normal to your own sinful nature, and you most likely will not be able to overcome it on a consistent basis. If you choose solely to be the master of your own life completely, then you are limited to your own strengths and abilities. You won’t have God helping you through your challenges and difficulties. If you choose to be the master, you also must be your own provider completely. You won’t have God’s provision and supply to help you through life. Every choice you make has benefits and challenges. True maturity is about weighing the benefits with the drawbacks and making the best choices. Speaking for myself, I love God. I want Him to be the Master of my life. I love and I need Him. My life is better with God than without him, (and have experienced both).
Yes, there are some temporary minor drawbacks to becoming an obedient child of the Almighty Creator. However, the benefits FAR outweigh the challenges.
I hope that helps. Thank you for your kind attention.
Brother Michel Lankford