The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/10/2011

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With Jesus At The Controls


"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1).

This a pretty bold statement by the apostle Paul, isn't it...On the surface one might say that he is being just a tad conceited, but lets look deeper. As I look at it, Paul saying that Jesus is in total control of his life. Jesus is at the controls and is pushing all the buttons on the remote the way they should be pushed. There are no commercials, ads or gimmickry...It's all prime-time stuff...With Jesus at the controls we have a new life, with freedom from the bonds of sin. Forgiveness is available upon request (prayer) and guilt is removed. With Jesus at the controls, we will want to follow His superior teachings. "Love your neighbor as yourself." With that teaching within us we will draw closer to others. We will want to get involved so that we can be the good neighbors He wants us to be, going the extra mile it takes to really make a difference. With Jesus at the controls we have some very important personal assurances. When we truly take Jesus into our lives, striving to become better will be the norm not the exception, because now is the "time of favor." "In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you....I tell you, now is the time of favor, now is the time of salvation" (2 Cor.2). Lastly, with Jesus at the controls we are able to face life with a renewed confidence...It is a confidence that has it's roots in God's power in our life. With Jesus in charge, we will make every effort to be more like Him....We will be an actual outgrowth of what He has done for us. We will be constrained to share our faith with others, either by word, example or both. We will want to give more back to Him, so that more can witness. With Jesus at the controls we will be people of praise and love, both here on earth and one day in heaven. Lets allow Him to keep pushing all the right buttons....

Have a wonderful day....Let His light shine in you....Love mark Phil. 4;11

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