I try to leave Guest Features for Thursdays, but this one was so good! It’s perfect for Open Learning today, and I hope it puts you in a better mindset.
My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!
God Is Not Your Boss!
Why do we Christians tend to treat God as if He was our boss? When you pray do you pray “if it is your will” or “God please” or “I’m begging you God” or “if you do this I’ll do that” or “I hope you are not still mad at me” or “I hope this is a good time to ask you for something”? When Jesus prayed He never said please or begged God to answer His prayers! Jesus is our example of what being a Christian is all about. You are to come with boldness before the throne of God. None of the above examples represents any kind of boldness. God is not your boss He is your King! There is a difference between a boss and a king. The worst thing that can happen to you with your boss is that you could lose your job. The worst thing that can happen to you with a king is that you lose your life. Now lets kick it up a notch. For the unsaved, the worst thing that can happen to you with the King of Kings is that not only do you lose your earthly life but that you spend eternity in Hell. You are eternally separated from God in the lake of fire for your unrepented sinful life and you are tormented forever, the second death!
There are those Christians who try to get out of what God has called them to do thinking that they can treat Him like their boss. At work you can call in sick, get hurt on the job, go out on leave of absence, pretend that you don’t know how to do it or just blow it off. That doesn’t work with God because God knows your heart and knows your reasons both good and bad. I have caught myself praying God if you wish, “If you wish”? God doesn’t wish, hope, dream or imagine for He is God. If God wants God gets! God is a sovereign God and King! God only has His own self-imposed limits and is not subject to anyone else’s limits and/or restrictions! God is King of kings and creator of all things and deserves to be treated as such. To treat Him otherwise is to insult God.
A member of a kingdom is subject to the rules, decrees, laws, protocols and commands of the King. If you are told to do something for the King you are to do it without question. If you don’t you will be punished and/or banished from the kingdom. That is the privilege of being a subject of the kingdom. As a child of the King you are not only to obey the King entirely but you carry the King’s authority as an extension of His kingdom wherever you go! You are a child of the Most High God, adopted into and a member of the Royal family, a subject of His Kingdom, an ambassador and citizen of Heaven, a foreigner to this world, an alien without a country here on earth. But most of all you are a representative of God’s kingdom on earth.
The question you need to ask yourself isdid I represent God’s kingdom well today? That is what God asked me after I got mad at another driver one evening. We were both stopped at a traffic light both side by side at the crosswalk. This guy did his very best to block my view with his tall truck when I was trying to make a right and he was to my left and inching out every time I did. After I finally turned I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head. How I could of turned left over in front of him, or turn around and chased him, or get out of my car and go pound on him and his truck, or worst yet him and his friend get out and pound on me! I pulled into Circle K and started being convicted by the Holy Spirit for dwelling on those thoughts. That is when God asked me”How well did you represent my kingdom today?” Now when I go to sleep at night I ask myself how well did I represent His kingdom today?
The King has a signet ring that he uses when sealing letters, decrees, laws and proclamations. He makes a seal in wax with his ring. Seals were used both to seal the item to prevent tampering, as well as to provide proof that the item was actually from the sender and not a forgery. Thus the saying “seal of approval”. As a child of the Most High God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, God has given you His “seal of approval”. But better yet, not only do you carry His seal of approval but God has gone one step further. Jesus, the name above all names, has been given to you to use with all power and authority of heaven that Jesus has as the Son of God and as part of the Trinity. You are an extension and representative of His kingdom and an extension of the authority and power given to Jesus Christ by God the Father who lives in you! John 14:12-14 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. It is good to be a child of the King!