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Who's The Boss?

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God
 Romans 6:22
My granddaughter is a born leader. I am thrilled God gave her the gift of leadership. However, born leaders are sure they know best about everything. To make matters worse, they aren’t shy about letting you know it.

I experienced that when I spent an afternoon taking care of my granddaughter and her little brother. From the moment I walked in the house, the pint-sized dictator began to micro-manage me. She told me the way to fix their snacks, which dishes to use, and then how to clean up the kitchen.

When she said, “Mimi, I know how to diaper, Bubba. I’ll show you how to do it,” I’d had enough.

As firmly as possible, I told her, “You don’t need to worry about that. I’m the grown up here.”

Looking up at me from innocent, blue eyes, she replied, “But I want to be the grown up.” Indeed she did! She meant she wanted to be the boss.

We believers face a similar struggle. You may recall a television show called “Who’s the Boss?” In the series, Angela and Tony continually struggled with each other for the control of  their household.  However, the phrase who’s the boss also describes the tug-of-war that goes on in us after we meet Christ. 

We are born wanting to do things our way, to be the boss. Yet, when we invite Christ into our lives, He gives us a new nature. From that time forward, the old nature and the new nature are in conflict. Then everyday we must decide, Am I going to be in charge or will I let Christ control me?

It must be frustrating for my granddaughter to be continually thwarted by parents, teachers, and caregivers who insist on being in control. However, the truth is, she’s too young to be the boss.

If I’m honest, I must admit no matter how old I become, I’m not wise enough to run my life either.

However, I know Who is. 

Father, help me give control of my life to You.


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