Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

If you have any siblings at all, you know the competition that arises from time to time about who is in charge. “You’re not my boss!” “Mom left ME in charge.” And on and on it goes. But we often do the same thing in the spiritual realm, asserting our own authority over our lives, when they don’t belong to us. 
In Exodus 40, God gave a lot of instructions, and rightfully so. He was giving instructions on how He wanted to be worshiped. Would worship still be worship if they said, “That’s nice, but we want to do it a different way”? Well, it would have been worship of themselves, but not of God, because they asserted themselves as the authority in place of God.
Similarly, in John 19, the Jews, the Pharisees, and even Pilate exalt themselves over the “King of the Jews” who is the King of kings. The Jews wanted him killed, the Pharisees wanted him discredited, and Pilate simply wanted to please the people more than to grant an innocent Man his freedom.
Proverbs 16 gives us clear instructions on how we are to allow God’s authority to rule in our lives. Verse 3 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” The whole chapter is about how no matter who you THINK is in charge of your life, God is still ultimately in control. This can be a comforting thought or a terrifying one depending on your relationship with God.
“Finally brethren…” Paul writes in Philippians 3 that no matter what else happens in life – good or bad, trial or victory, pain or pleasure – as long as Christ is magnified, the personal outcome doesn’t matter. He says, ‘I haven’t arrived, I’m not perfect, but I’m working diligently to make sure that I accomplish God’s will.’ (paraphrase of verses 8-14) How can we accomplish God’s will if we are trying to do things apart from His authority? We can’t. 
So, who’s the boss? Are you in charge of your life, or is God?

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