Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas marks a changing of command ...


Years ago, a captain of a ship went crazy --- literally --- while out at sea.

The captain had decades of experience sailing the seas, but on this particular voyage something happened to cause him to lose his mind. The only thing the crew could do was lock the captain in his quarters until they could reach the nearest port. Until then, the First Officer would be in command.

The problem was, the captain didn't agree with the change of command. The crew could hear the voice of the captain yelling out orders that contradicted the commands of the new skipper. It took focus and some discipline for the crew to ignore the voice of their captain and listen to the orders of their new captain.

Christmas is about listening to a new voice and taking orders from a new captain. That's because on Christmas day, not only was a Savior born, but our LORD had come ...

"But the angel reassured them. 'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior --- yes, the Messiah, the Lord --- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'" Luke 2:10-11.

Jesus didn't come just to save us, but also to assert His lordship over our lives --- to take command in a bold, new way! The challenge for believers is learning to tune out the voice of sin that had for so long been captain of our lives, and learn to listen to the voice of a new captain, Christ the Lord.

Who's giving the orders in your life? Which voice are you obeying?

Scotty

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