Do you ever pause to consider how “blessed” you are? How much of our lives have been out of our control? We did not choose to be born. We did not choose who our parents would be. We did not choose the time, date, location, and circumstances of our birth. The first few years of our existence were lived under the care of someone else.
Later on, when we became aware of our need for food and water for survival, others were providing it. Mom and dad did so much for us during our first eighteen years, and continue to offer support and love beyond the time we left home and high school for the next season of our lives.
I enjoy hearing various men and women, when they realize how blessed and gifted they are, and in moments of success, attribute their success to the foundational idea that the Creator made them that way. The lesson they seem to be communicating is God’s gift to them is their opportunity and giftedness, while their gift to God is how they use it.
John Calvin, a French theologian, pastor, and reformer during the Protestant Reformation once wrote to Francis, King of France: “The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts not the part of a king, but a robber. He moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom that is not ruled by the scepter of God, that is, by His Divine Word.”
It had to challenging for a citizen of a country ruled by a human king to challenge his authority by admitting, “Yes, you are my king. But if you don’t recognize and submit your life and leadership to the rule of the One True Sovereign King, and His Word, your influence and your country’s present and future destiny is in danger.”
It has been easy for humans though out history to shake their fist at God, and refuse to submit to Him. It started with Lucifer (a created angelic being), spread to Adam and Eve, and further inflicted men, women, kings, queens, emperors, thugs, dictators, movie stars, politicians, scientists, authors, college professors, and even student leaders. Sadly for some of them, it took until their deathbed to admit that without God at the forefront of their life, position, and seemingly prominent influence, they are doomed to failure.
Read Colossians 1:15-23.
The apostle Paul wrote that God is above all things and by His sovereign dictate created and put us in a position of life, health, and a chance to make a difference. Verse 16 says that, “For by Him are all things created; things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, thrones, powers, rulers, and authorities. All things were created by him and for him.”
Whether you are a student leader, successful entrepreneur, trending public person, or college president, your authority comes from God Himself. Remember that in order to stay humble. Remember that and stay on your knees for divine guidance. Read, study, and obey His Book. History records that without God as our focus, life and leadership ends with calamity. Think theologically. Ultimately, God rules over all of us.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz