Relinquishing Control: Lessons From the Classroom, Part 15

Relinquishing Control: Lessons From the Classroom, Part 15

Last week I told the story of how an illegal teacherís strike led to my principal and his family all coming to know the Lord, as well as opening the door for a Bible club in an elementary public school.

Being allowed to have a bible club, however, isnít quite the same as having a successful one. I would have to pray and seek Godís guidance.

The first thing I was impressed to do came as a surprise. Instead of directing it myself, I had to put a student in charge. As it turned out, this was a very wise decision. The student who had initially expressed an interest it the Bible club agreed to become the director, and it was a wonderful experience in leadership for him, helping him in his own walk with the Lord.

The Bible club was run at lunch time, once a week, and we were all amazed at how many students God brought to that weekly lunch-time meeting. As a group, it was decided that the members of that club would try to make a Kingdom difference in the school. Instead of going outside to play, these students began seeking ways to help their classroom teachers during recess. Some even began helping the janitor. The staff were amazed, and it helped to improve the teacher/student relationships all over that school.

The students who attended Bible club also began to draw closer to God. They began reading their bibles and talking to other students about God. In fact, whenever one of their friends had a problem, the Bible club members would bring them to Bible club, and we would pray for that student. This often resulted in that student giving his/her heart to God as well! 

That is what can happen when you let Jesus be at the helm. If I had insisted on running the Bible club myself, I likely would have taken control in my own power. By listening to God, however, who impressed me to let students be in charge, He was able to shine.

What is God doing in and around your life? Remember, you donít have to be in charge. In fact, it works better when you put God at the helmÖand sometimes that means you have to back off yourself! Whatever the case, the Bible club taught me that it is only by relinquishing control to God that good things can begin to happen. Remember: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Phil 4:6 ESV)

Whatever you are facing right now, release it to God. Put Him in the driverís seat and leave Him there. Then be prepared to sit back and be blessed by what He is about to do.

In His love, Rob Chaffart

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