How many have sang the old hymnal “Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still”?
How often do Christians sing songs that are really prayers, yet fail to understand what they ask? Christians who sing the song “Have Thine Own Way” are singing a prayer to God, asking Him to take full control of their lives. Yet, one wonders how many Christians sing this song with no intentions of giving God their full lives?
There are some in the church who seem to think that they can get to heaven by being baptized and continuing in their old lifestyle of following in their own way. This simply cannot be the case. A Christian must recognize that he cannot direct his own steps (Jer 10:23 f; Prov 3:5,6).
A Christian does not belong to himself, but to God. “What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor 6:19,20). But some Christians fail to realize that even giving God part of your life is just as bad (if not, perhaps, worse) as giving Him no part at all. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24). A person’s full allegiance must be given over to God. He must have total control in one’s life. If he doesn’t, he will fall under the same rebuke as the Christians in Laodicea (Rev 3:14.).
Paul says that a Christian must not serve sin! Because of this fact, Paul told the Colossians that they should no longer seek the things of the world, but seek the things of God. John wrote, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 Jn 2:15). A Christians mind should be “in the clouds” because, first of all, he is dead to this world and all that it has to offer.
The New Man is hidden in God. What a comforting thought to know that a Christian’s life is “hid with Christ in God”! To know that a Christian’s life is protected by God should give us great comfort! God cares for each Christian and desires that they live a “quiet and peaceable life” (1 Tim 2:2). For this cause, God has delivered us from sin (Heb 2:14,15), and will deliver us from outward trials (2 Cor 1:10). It may be the case that we must die for our faith, but even then we find God’s deliverance. Paul had complete confidence that for him “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philip 1:21). So whether we are delivered from outward trials in a real sense or in the sense that we escape them through death to receive our reward, God has promised to deliver us! We are kept (guarded) by His power (1 Pet 1:5). No one can steal our salvation away from us (Rom 8:29, 31).
Who is against us if we have God on our side (Rom 8:31)? Therefore, Christians should focus on things above and not on earthly things (Col 3:2). After all, that is where our home awaits us. Christians are dead to the world and alive to God. Things of this world should not appeal to the Christian (1 Jn 2:15-17) because his life is hidden in God. And our life is hidden in God if we allow Him to have His own way!