There is a story of a little girl who always called on her mother for anything and everything. One day, after dinner, this little girl was too tired to climb up the stairs to go to bed, so she called on her mother as usual to help her.
But this time too, her mother declined and asked her to instead call on Jesus. The little girl did, and in answer to her prayer, she received strength and climbed up the stairs.
When she got to the end of the stairway, she stopped and said, “Thank you, Jesus; you can go back now.”
What most of us do as Christians is put Jesus in the drive-along seat, and whenever we require His service, we call on Him.
These were the words of Brother Seyi Sowemimo at the March 10, 2022, Thursday Showers service.
He said this while speaking about what he titled, “The Driver’s Seat.” Taking his opening scripture from Matthew 16:24–26 (Message Translation), Brother Seyi Sowemimo said Jesus Christ is asking all to yield control of their lives to Him and to trust Him.
“When things don’t go as we planned, we feel disappointed, and this is because we have this sense of wanting to be in control. But Jesus is asking us to yield control of our lives to Him,” he posited.
Brother Seyi Sowemimo defined control as people wanting to have power over things and situations, but what the Bible says about control is that people should let go and let Jesus take control. He then went on to explain the different processes of handing the driver’s wheel over to Jesus.
According to him, “When we commit our lives to Christ and let Him take control, He not only reveals to us the things we should let go of, but He is also with us every step of the way till the end,” (Read Luke 9:23).
Brother Seyi Sowemimo revealed that obedience is the second thing believers must do in allowing Jesus to take over the driver’s seat of their lives.
While stating that there are times when God asks believers to do things that look illogical or things that don’t make sense, “He expects us to obey. Examples of such incidents are the stories of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana; the story of Abraham being asked to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to God; and Elijah asking the widow to bake him her last cake.
“What God requires of us is to obey His commandments. If only we obeyed, we would struggle less.” (Read John 2).
“The third process is for believers to expect warfare. In as much as God has called believers into a life of fulfilment, peace, and joy, they have been called to expect trials and warfare.
“As we get closer to God, we are a bigger threat to the enemy, and he will do everything possible to try to make us fall,” the preacher suggested.
But he encouraged the worshippers, from 37:23-24, of God’s assurance to hold them amid trials. (Read Philippians 4:7 and Ephesians 6:12).
The final process is to never doubt God (Philippians 4:6-7). This process, according to him, is important for every believer to imbibe. He noted that when believers fret and worry in the face of challenges, their peace is eroded.
“Worry doesn’t solve the problem. We may be concerned, but we can take those concerns to God in prayer.
“God knows what we need and when we need it. Can you hand over the wheel to Jesus?”