Is Jesus really our copilot as the popular bumper sticker says? It sounds Biblically solid on the surface, but let’s look at how Jesus himself addresses His relationship with us.
We put on our Thessalonians hat, testing everything and holding fast to what is good (1 Thess. 5:21). (Everything. Even bumper stickers.)
First we must define copilot, and what that relationship implies. The copilot is one who serves as a backup to the main pilot, and, in case of advanced maneuvers or emergency, can either take over for or simultaneously assist the main pilot.
Now we ask; is Jesus our backup? Can we do things on our own without his help or assistance?
“ I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Just as a branch can do nothing without a vine feeding it and supporting it, we can do nothing apart from Christ.
We read in Paul’s writings that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Do we catch that? Through Christ, not with Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
Jesus is not our copilot, He is to be the one and only pilot in our lives, letting him take us wherever and whenever He wills for us (James 5:15-16).
Claiming ourselves as part director of our lives as followers of Christ is boasting not in the Lord, but in ourselves. 1 Corinthians 1:31 makes it clear – “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord”.
We abide in Christ to bear fruit (John 15:4). We are to make Jesus our life (Colossians 3:4). We boast in our weaknesses so that Christ is all the more glorified (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Conversely, as we look at what happens when we try to pilot ourselves around without Christ, it is never good. Our sin nature takes over. “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds - C.H. Spurgeon
Let Christ take over every aspect of your life and let God begin to make you more like Christ. He will set you free!