The bumper sticker Jesus is my co-pilot may be a well-intentioned sentiment, but it has always troubled me. Whenever Im in the drivers seat of my life, the destination is nowhere good. Jesus is not meant to be just a spiritual co-pilot giving directions every now and then. He is always meant to be in the drivers seat. Period!
We often say that Jesus died for us, which of course is true. But theres more to it than that. Because Jesus died on the cross, something inside of us diedthe power of sin. Its what Paul meant when he said, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20). We were essentially co-crucified with Him. With Jesus in the drivers seat, the old destinations are off-limits. No more turning down the streets of self-centeredness, greed, or lust. No more off-road ventures into the swamp of pride or the ditch of bitterness. We were crucified with Him and He is at the wheel now! He died so that He alone can drive and define us.
So, if youve died and Christ lives in you, Hes not your co-pilot. Your joy is to let Him drive and define your life. There may be a few bumps in the road, but you can count on itHell take you somewhere good.
Bible in One Year: 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43
Blessed Lord’s Day to The Mayor family. And thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.