10/29/2005 7:14 AM
Title: RESPONSIBILITY BUT NOT CONTROL
S: ?Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the
sea, ?Peace, be still!? And the wind ceased and there was
a great calm. But He said to them, ?Why are so fearful?
How is it that you have no faith?? And they feared
exceedingly, and said to one another, ?Who can this be,
that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?? Mark 4:39-41
O: John Maxwell says:
When a terrifying storm convinced the disciples they were
about to die, they forgot one important factor: Jesus was
in the boat and had told them they were going to the other
side of the lake (Mark 4:35). His word always comes to
When they finally awakened Jesus, He got up, rebuked the
wind and the sea, and everything became completely calm.
So long as the disciples assumed control of their
situation, Jesus rested. But when they cast their care on
Him and released control to Him, he cared for everything
and they could rest.
This is true for every leader today. While we must take
responsibility, we are never to take control. Only God is
beg enough to take control. The principle works this way:
1. We care?He rests. God will allow us to mess up our
2. He cares?we rest. When we release control to Him, we
The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 1204
A: Good words for me today. I?ve been trying to hard to
control everything that is going on. Where the church
moves, when the church moves, what happens next at the West
Campus ? do we meet on Friday night, Sabbath afternoon,
etc. When and where do we meet on the East Campus, how do
I get the East Campus to wake up spiritually? What about
the evangelism, what about the church property, what about
the fundraising campaign, what about Jim and Shane? All
these things are running through my mind.
Today, I read these words as a gentle and strong reminder
to give up control to God and then I can rest in Him. I
need to spend the time getting ready for God to work in
these situations and allow myself to rest in His strength
I can?t control each situation that I am called to lead. I
do carry the responsibility of getting it done. But I?m
not in charge. God?s in charge. I need to never forget
P: Lord, thank you for reminding me today that I don?t need
to carry around that stuff with me every second of every
day and losing more hair about it all the time. Rather, I
need to let you have control. Yes, you have called me to
lead this church, but only as I follow you. Thank you for
reminding me of that.
I love you. I give it all up to you today.