This is a question that touches our hearts, because every human being is controlled by something. Many times, when people examine their lifestyle, they realise that they have the power to make something happen – they have the power to make good decisions, power to change, etc.
However, too often, we want to be in control of our lives or we allow ourselves to be controlled. Someone may say, ‘I’m the master of my destiny, the captain of my ship, in other words, I control my life, because I have a free will.
Person B – My kids are controlling me, and I spend a big chunk of my life thinking about them, worrying about them, and so forth.
Person C – My spouse controls me, and it is making me uncomfortable.
Person D – I’m controlled by my job, my company, money issues – that takes a big chunk of my life.
Person E – I’m controlled by the government, politics – so, I spend a lot time thinking about how they disappoint us in a lot of issues, and then I think about what they should and shouldn’t do.
Person F – As for me, my time is consumed by my pets – they are my life; plus, I think about conservation projects all the time.
Person G – For me, farming is my life 24 -7; yea, that takes a big chunk of my life more than anything else, but I’m also worried about the environment.
Person H – For me, I’m in the army; I’m a fighter; yea, that’s my life – it consumes me.
Person I – Well, for me, the drugs control me – I’m addicted 24-7.
Person J – For me, I’m controlled by my desires – I don’t feel good about it, not proud of it, and it seems like my life is spiralling out of control.
Person K – I’m controlled by traditions, set up by generations before me; I’m talking about culture, and witch-craft – so a big chunk of my life is consumed by it.
Person L – I’m controlled by fame; I’m self-observed entertainer – I need to please people, show them my talents – a big chunk of my life is consumed by this. 24 -7
Person M – Well, for me, I’m consumed by my religion, passed on by my generation; it has its ups and downs; negatives and positives; I think about it more than anything else.
Person N – Nowadays, we live in a world of computers, gargets, phones, cars, television, etc. so, my life is consumed by all that. 24-7
Person O – Well, for me, I’m controlled by problems; problem here, problem there – I get depressed – it’s like 24-7.
Person P – I’m controlled by poverty; I can’t find a job, I tried so many times; you see, we live in a poor country; opportunities are few; sometimes, I don’t know where the next meal is going to come from; sometimes, I feel like a failure, it consumes me 24 -7.
Person P – Look at the world now; it seems like we are being controlled by fear of Covid-19; it is unbelievable, unprecedented, no wonder, we are going down.
Finally, the last person stands up, and says, ‘For me, I’m controlled by Jesus; you see, I’ve been where you are, trying to control my life anyhow, leaning on my own understanding, did a lot of things, thinking they’ll be my fulfilment, not knowing I was chasing after the wind. I needed my life to be meaningful – so when I understood that I need a saviour in this corrupt world, I made an important decision to save my life – I became born again, had to repent of my sins, got baptised fully immersed in water, and then entered into God’s Kingdom. You see, the Bible has all the answers to life. It is very empowering – a safe plan, which heals our broken hearts, and gives us an incredible hope. And when I read the Bible, I feel God’s love, peace, and power; nowadays, I live my life on the word of God, for there is no other way that can save us from this corrupt broken world, which is controlled by Satan.’
The scripture says, ‘A man is slave to whatever has mastered him.’ (2 Peter 2:20)
And, ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)
You see, a lot of people don’t understand the message but some of us do…God has given us the greatest gift, ever given to man (Salvation), and we must grab it. This is the only way we can be victorious, and besides everyman has to prepare for judgement. God Bless You!!