Are You a Backseat Driver?

Have you ever experienced the challenge of a backseat driver? You know, someone who is not actually driving but wants to tell you how to drive? It can be really frustrating, can't it? They may mean well, but their constant instructions show that they don’t trust your ability.

In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Paul tells us who should really be driving our lives. He says, "For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."

The word "compel" in the original Greek carries a significant weight; it means to exercise continuous control over something. What Paul is telling us is that Jesus' love should have continuous control over our decision-making, just like a skilled driver navigating a challenging road. But what exactly does Christ's love compel us to do?

First, it causes us to stop living for ourselves. Love for self is what makes us live for ourselves. It’s why we keep telling God what direction we think our lives should go. Our constant backseat driving reveals that we don’t trust God’s ability to get us to the right destination.  

Next, it causes us to start living for Jesus. When Christ’s love is in the driver's seat, our own desires, ambitions, and actions are no longer self-centered but Christ-centered. Our choices start to reflect His purposes.

The love of Christ should be the driving force behind every decision we make. It compels us to stop living for ourselves and start living for Christ. Let’s surrender control to Christ's compelling love, allowing it to steer us toward a life that reflects His grace and love to everyone we interact with today.

Let’s stop being backseat drivers and let Jesus direct our lives for a while!
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