We have all driven by signs that announced a restaurant or business was now “Under New Management.” I would imagine that the logic behind these signs is to convince the public that there has been significant, positive changes in the business. The word “management” conveys the idea of ownership and control.
You are probably wondering where I am going with this idea. I was was thinking today that many Christ-followers know the joy of having their sins forgiven but they have not given control of their lives to Christ. When you ask Christ into your life, you are also asking Him to take control. Your life should be “Under New Management.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17 Romans 10:9-10.
The late Adrian Rogers said, “What is the difference between commitment and surrender? When you make a commitment, you are still in control, no matter how noble the thing you commit to. One can commit to pray, to study the Bible, to give his money, or to commit to automobile payments, or to lose weight. Whatever he chooses to do, he commits to.
But surrender is different. If someone holds a gun and asks you to lift your hands in the air as a token of surrender, you don’t tell that person what you are committed to. You simply surrender and do as you are told… Americans love commitment because they are still in control. “
But the key word is surrender. We are to be slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ.”