Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Master Designer


Let's imagined you moved into a giant mansion and lived there alone. You're having a great time in the indoor pool, and you've invited all your friends to view the latest movies in your state-of-the-art home theater. But after a while, you become discouraged. The mansion is filled with the latest technology, but you've never learned to work it. You quickly realized you're not getting as much out of the house as you could be.
      So you approach the designer and say, "Sir, you did an incredible job of designing my home. But it's so wonderfully complicated, I'm not really getting the most out of it. Would you mind moving in with me and showing me how to operate all the special features?"
      The designer moves in, and you immediately begin giving instructions: "You can have the guest room. I don't mind you using the kitchen, but I really don't want you in the study. Oh, and I have a specific way I want the lawn mowed so check with me before doing that. Otherwise, make yourself at home."
      He begins to show you to get more of your home, and you notice a difference right away.You're learning how to operate some of the complicated technology that makes your home the envy of everyone else. But a few months later, you approach him again: "I'm really glad you're living here," you say. "But I still feel like something is missing."
      He looks at you tenderly and says, "I designed this home and know it better than anyone. i know it inside and out. I really can show you how to get the most out of it, but to do that I have to have total control"
      You hesitate but finally give in. The first thing he does is put you in the guest room, and he takes the master bedroom. Then he goes through your personal movie collection and suggests you throw out all the ones with bad language or lots of violence. He has suggestions for the rooms you use, the books you read, and ways you can share the space with other people. Gradually, you make the changes he suggests and notice that you're happier that you've ever been before.

God doesn't simply want to live in your life; he wants to be your life. He wants your happiness and fulfillment even more than you do, and he's committed to producing joy and peace in your life. But he needs total control.



1 Kings 8:61
And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”


1 Kings 15:14
Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life.


2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

Is there anything in your life you haven't given the Master Architect control of? If so, commit that area to him right now.

by : Susie Shellenberger, author of "One Year Devotions for Teens"

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