The old television series, “Get Smart” ran from 1965-1970 and was a favorite of my family growing up! KAOS (not an acronym) was a international organization of evil. It was the job of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 to thwart their sinister threats to the world. Their organization was called CONTROL (also not an acronym) and was a secret government counterintelligence agency. It makes sense to me that the evil ones were KAOS or chaos, while the good guys were CONTROL or under control!
Today’s verse talks about being a slave to sin. That is the condition of anyone without God’s freeing power. Sin enslaves and creates all kinds of chaos and complications to a life. But this same verse alludes to the control we can experience with righteousness. Because of the grace of God, we can be taught to say “No” to ungodliness and live self-controlled godly lives (Titus 2:12). Rather than be controlled by sin, we can be controlled by righteousness, leading to holiness and eternal life (Romans 6:22). And self-control is an evidence of the presence of God’s Spirit in the believer (Gal. 5:22-23).
It is obvious to those around me when I am out of control! There is chaos in my thoughts, emotions and behavior. But when I am submitted to the Lord and filled with His Spirit, there is a measure of self-control that was not there previously. He brings order from disorder. There is a sense of calm and peace when I allow Christ to have His way. That illusive self-control is really just allowing Him to have the full control that is His right.
Lord, please be the One in control of my day.