When a business establishment changes hands, it is often indicated by a sign: "Under New Management". There may have been failure under the former owner. With new management, there are new hopes, new incentives, and hopefully new profits.
Would your personal life and your home life improve by changing hands and coming under new management? Is the controlling force in your life what it should be? Just as the inventor of a machine knows best how to operate it, God made you and He is the most qualified to manage you.
Are there habits, passions, and burdens over which you cannot gain the victory? Do some unclean habits grip you -- and even though you realize they present a formidable barrier to your pleasing God, you are impotent to change them?
Are you one in whom the lust of the temper has the ascendancy? The Bible says: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God....and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God....to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey" (Romans 6:12, 13, 16).
Does your temper often explode? Do you cool off to find that great injury has been inflicted in the hearts of others? The power to overcome it will come with new management.
Down deep in your heart, is there unrest and dissatisfaction? Perhaps you sense an emptiness, or burdens seem too heavy to bear. All these things may be true under present management, but it need not remain so.
Whether you consider your bad habits legitimate or not, if they have you in subjection like a servant, if they "boss" you about, waste your time and money -- you need to be under new management! The you that has been trying to run your life is not competent.
My friend, there is a Manager who knows all about you and has the ability to meet your every need.
Saul of Tarsus was a murderer -- he was very religious, but not godly. Upon turning to Jesus as Saviour and Master, he became a new man under new management and wrote, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
You too, under new management, can be free from sinful domination now, and be sure of heaven after this life. If you will confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead (trusting His crucifixion for your sins), you shall be saved, according to Romans 10:9, 10.
Saved means "rescued, delivered from the final destiny of those who manage themselves."
The heavenly Manager is at the "door" of your life. Hear Him, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).
Join the millions of all ages who, saved through faith in Christ and obedience to God's Word as their code of ethics, have voluntarily placed themselves under new management.
Reid Jepson, adapted
Used by permission. Adapted from a Gospel tract published by Christian Light Publications.