In the world but not of it

September 22, 2010

Loosen your grip…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

So David left the sheep with another shepherd. 1 Samuel 17:20

Wikipedia has an interesting definition for the term “control freak”.

Control freak is a derogatory term for a person who attempts to dictate how everything around them is done. It can also refer to someone with a limited number of things that they want done a specific way;

Control Freaks are people who care more than you do about something and won’t stop at being pushy to get their way.

In some cases, the control freak sees their constant intervention as beneficial or even necessary; this can be caused by feelings of superiority, believing that others are incapable of handling matters properly, or the fear that things will go wrong if they don’t attend to every detail. In other cases, they may simply enjoy the feeling of power it gives them so much so that they automatically try to gain control of everything around them.

You have seen this behavior somewhere in your life. When you read this definition you think of a specific person or people you know right now that operate this way. It is a fact of life that people act this way too often.

David was not really a warrior at this point. He was still tending his father’s sheep and he had lots of reasons to stay there and not go to the battlefield but he went out of obedience because his father called on him to do it and in the process left the sheep with another shepherd.

Perhaps we are reading too much into this phrase but I believe the Holy Spirit has placed phrases like this all throughout the Word of God to provide a subtle reminder of how we are to live and serve Him whether in the world or in the church. Nothing we have and no responsibility we undertake and oversee is exclusively ours.

We are stewards for whatever the Lord has allowed us to partake in and in this way we must obey God’s call and leading even if it means leaving something with another to oversee.

We should never hang on to anything so tightly that even God has trouble loosening our grip…

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