Thursday, August 21, 2014

Congratulations, Loser!

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Have confidence in your leaders and submit to authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.  Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.  Hebrews 13:17 NIV

How many of us have been passed over for a promotion, or an elected position, or a job?  How many of us believe that someone bad mouthed us, or told a lie about us, or is spreading false rumors about us; and it seems like the “people in authority” believe THOSE people rather than us?  How many of us KNOW that we work smarter and harder than other people who make more money and gain more glory than we do?  How many of us just want to crawl under the covers of the bed, or call in sick to work, or lock ourselves in a closet?

I have good news and bad news.  If this were an interactive blog, I’d ask which you want first.  Since it’s not, I’ll start with the bad news and then really raise your spirits with the good news.

Bad News:  We cannot lead unless we first learn to follow…that means submitting to authority. 

Now if you’re thinking, “Tammie, that’s a fact of life...this is nothing new…” Then I challenge you to consider the ULTIMATE display of submission in all of history.

Jesus surrendering his life on the cross.

In order to gain the world, Jesus had to die.  In order to win, God had to give up his very own son, and that son had to submit. 

Jesus was a King, a Miracle Worker, the Messiah!  If I were him, I would have looked at those people around me and said, “You want me to do what for these people?  Are you kidding me?” 

So, if God has decided that you DON’T get the promotion, that you DON’T get the healing, that you DON’T get to take that vacation…you are supposed to submit and accept that without grumbling. 

Now, if that isn’t a bitter spoonful of medicine, I don’t know what is.  So, let’s take a look at the good news!

Good News:  The people who God has placed in positions of authority have to answer for their leadership and treatment of us.

Hot diggety!  Now there’s a plan that I can support!

“…because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account…” Hebrews 13:17

God places people in positions of authority, but then he follows through and holds them accountable for the decisions they make and the way they treat those over whom they have charge.

God says, “Obey them, respect them…I put them there…so by disrespecting them, you disrespect me!”

This also means that we are being held accountable as parents, teachers, pastors, leaders of non-profit and for-profit organizations; we are being held accountable for our treatment of those over whom God has given us charge.  If I yell back at my daughter after she’s yelled at me, I am held accountable.  If I decide to give a friend of mine a promotion over the more qualified, and professional candidate, then I am held accountable.

So, we really don’t have to stand here and ponder, “How can I make this fair…how can I get even…how can I reveal this person who got the job over me to be the liar that she or he is?”  We don’t have to worry about that AT ALL…God sees the hearts of our leaders, he knows their minds, and he knows their motives; we aren’t going to show him something he didn’t see.

Oh, thank you, Tammie…I had no idea that person was such a scoundrel.  I sure am glad I listened to you!  With deepest gratitude, God.

No, God is not waiting for us to reveal to him all the true injustices of the world.

So, in order to win…and by “win” I mean, WIN BIG…the ultimate WIN~Life in Heaven for Eternity…in order for us to win that…

…we just may have to LOSE at everything else…

Pray:  Father God, I'm so sorry for the times that I have disrespected your authority, and I am sorry for the times that I have abused my position of authority in the lives of others.  Please, Father, help me to be a better follower AND a better leader so that I can win big at the end of my life here on earth.  Amen.  


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