Have you seen the New Zealand Transport Agency’s “Mantrol commercials” encouraging men to stay in control of their cars? The agency has coined the term Mantrol to appeal to the male ego that likes to think it is always in control.
We’re supposed to have a manly control over our vehicle, driving according to the conditions, and within our abilities.
As Christians we need to remain in Christrol – giving the Spirit of Christ control over our lives and directing our paths. Paul says it boldly in Galatians 3:3-5 “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing – if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”
Paul is appealing to the Galatians to remain in Christol – they believed in Christ through faith and were born anew of the Spirit, the evidence of which was a new joy (see 4:15) from the Spirit and a working of miracles. But they stopped letting Christ control their lives through the Spirit, and started to take control back by obeying law.
The pressure to return to letting the soul take control is massive, as Paul explores in Romans seven and eight. The soul and spirit are in conflict and only one can be in charge.
Let’s encourage one another to be in Christrol, where Christ’s Spirit is calling the shots. Let the small whispers of his Spirit in you guide your path and celebrate the fruit he brings of love, joy, peace etc (see 5:22). And let’s anticipate an empowering in ministry and prayer seeing miracles worked as we pray according to his will and in the expectation we have through faith in God.