Who is driving this thing?
“Jesus take the wheel. Take it from my hands, because I can’t do this on my own. I’m letting go, so give me one more chance, and save me from this road I’m on. Jesus take the wheel.” How many of you remember this Carrie Underwood song? I believe this was her first big hit after winning American idol, but I could be wrong about that. Whether you know the song or not, the concept is probably one that most of us are familiar with.
The first verse describes a situation of panic when a mother is driving down a dark road and suddenly starts to lose control of her vehicle. In a moment of helplessness and desperation she relinquishes control of the car to Jesus and begs him to save her and her child’s life. The car skids to a stop leaving the mother and child unharmed. After a few moments of reflection, the mother realizes that she needs to not only turn to Christ in moments of panic and fear, but to surrender to him in all times. I think a lot of folks in our world can relate to this mentality. It’s easy to surrender to a higher power when we have lost control, but allowing ourselves to be daily driven is a different thing entirely.
What would it look like if our lives were to be driven by God’s life-giving Spirit? What would the end result be? Below, I want to offer a few insights as to what a Spirit driven life looks like.
1. We may be driven to places we don’t want to go. Mark 1 talks about Jesus being driven into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. Despite the Accusers best efforts, Jesus was able to ward off the advances by that same Spirit that drove him there. There are times in our life where we are led into circumstances that are not ideal, but know that the same Spirit that brought you into the wilderness, has the power to bring you out!
2. A Spirit driven life calls for sacrifice. We see the fruits of the Spirit in Gal. 5. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Let’s take love for example. True love, involves putting others needs and desires ahead of our own. “Greater love hath no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” We see this kind of love played out in the Spirit driven life of Jesus, Paul, and many others. Many of which were killed for their love and their faithfulness. We shouldn’t be surprised when our Spirit driven life leads us to our own crosses.
3. A Spirit driven life, gives credit to the Spirit. An interesting passage in Acts is Chapter 15. We see the Church Elders and Apostles coming together to debate issues surrounding Gentile converts. The text records much debate and input from several individuals. However, at the conclusion of the matter in verse 28, the credit to the ruling is not merely given to these men and their great wisdom, but rather to the Holy Spirit. We need to remember as church leaders and as members of the body, to give credit where credit is due!