Embrace the Role, Forget About Control
When I was ordained as a pastor in my first church, a great friend and mentor gave the sermon for the occasion. I can still recall the text he used: "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth" (I Corinthians 3:6&7).
His message was straightforward: "Bos, get out of the way of God if you want to see great things happen through your ministry." Not bad advice for a young pastor, and not bad advice for life.
If only it were easy to live this way. What we all soon discover is that to get out of the way of God, we have to give up control. This is extremely hard when our impulse is to control everything from how things are done to what people think.
For all those who struggle with giving up control (myself included!), here’s a suggestion. Try focusing on faithfully fulfilling the roles we’ve been given rather than controlling the people and circumstances around us.
God places us in some incredible roles: spouse, partner, parent, leader, follower, and friend. Here’s the good news: we can significantly shape the way we accomplish these roles. However, we will never be able to control what others think and do along the way. If we want to get out of the way of God, embrace the role and leave the rest in God’s hands! - Pastor Michael
[from the WECC February Newsletter]