Take it Away!

Read: James 4:1-12

This past week I was listening to Christian Radio and I heard a newer song by Toby Mac entitled “Steal My Show.” The words are about Toby inviting God into his concerts. The words to the first verse go like this….

“Another cold night, Another Late Flight, It’s almost show time, and diverse city is waitin’ on me. We got a packed house, the crowd is callin’ out, They want the beat to drop, but what we really need is you
If you wanna steal my show, I’ll sit back and watch you go
If you got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away
Need you to steal my show, can’t wait to watch you go-o-o-o
So take it away”

That attitude is what James is encouraging in all of our lives. In chapter 4 he says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God… Come near to God and he will come near to you.” Do we do that? Do we do it often enough? Imagine the difference it can make when we face a tough day, a difficult circumstance, or a time of confusion.

I remember watching T.V. shows in the past where the Master of Ceremonies introduces the main act. When it is time for them to come on stage the MC will say, “Take it Away!” You see, Jesus wants to do that for us, he wants to step into our life and everything that comes along with our life, but we have to give up the control and invite him in.

Perhaps that is a good approach to take this week with whatever you happen to be dealing with. God wants to be a part of everything we are a part of. Work, school, family, you name it, he would like to be a part of it.

In the last verse of Toby’s song he mentions that. He sings…
“Every day we can chose to say
(Chorus)My Life, my friends, my heart, It’s all yours, God, take it away, my dreams, my fears, my family, my career, take it away, It’s all yours, God. Take it away, take it away, It’s you I wanna live for.”

Are we ready to say that to Christ? It’s all yours! If we do we will realize how much lighter our lives become. With Almighty God at our right hand we not only have a wise and compassionate friend, we have the one who created us, the one who is ready to be the main attraction in our life again.

Make it personal: Pick one of those things in Toby’s last verse above and decide to commit it to the Lord this week. Say a prayer and specifically ask the Lord to take it and run with it. He can do more than you could ever ask or imagine!

Have a great week everyone,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church