Who’s in charge here?

Any good manager will tell you that in order to manage an organization, you need to have an understanding of the whole organization, sort of a “big picture” sense of how all of its parts function together. I wonder, do we have that view of our lives; the “big picture” view that is…

I like to be in control of my own destiny.  I don’t like to depend on others or leave things to chance.  Is that the view that God takes?

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…”

(Matt. 28:18)

Jesus has “all authority”, I wonder how much authority is left for me.  Let’s think about it a bit; who is really in charge?

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…”

Evidently Satan isn’t in charge because if Jesus has “all authority” then what’s left after the “all” has been given to Jesus?

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…”

Evidently you and I aren’t in charge for the same reason!

Of course, we have an important role to play, for we have free will, and there are decisions to be made in life that will impact our lives and the lives of others.  We have decisions to make that will set our life’s course and ultimately effect everything we do and who we are.  The biggest of these is whether or not we will follow Jesus, and depending upon our choice, what follows will be heavily impacted.

While I have free will, and while I have already made many decisions in my life, I must admit that not all of them turned out to be wise ones, even though they seemed right to me at the time.  Can you see why this is?  I am a manager of my life who doesn’t truly have a “big picture” point of view, for I don’t always know how everything is going to work together.  In this, I sometimes end up running my life kind of like the little girl in the picture above; bad idea!

The best decision that I can make in life is to serve Jesus Christ and to give Him Lordship over my life, because He is a manager who has a really “big picture” view.  He knows how everything in the entire universe works together and He knows what really is best for me and how things will turn out.  Maybe the picture below better illustrates how I should approach being in charge of everything:

Yes, better I should let Jesus be Lord and I’ll just thank Him for the opportunity to be His servant…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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