Friday, July 27, 2012

The CEO of Your Life



And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.” – Matthew 28:18-20
After the crucifixion, the eleven remaining disciples felt abandoned.  Their leader had been unjustly murdered; they were seen as accomplices to his popularity, and worried for their lives.  Jesus knew their hearts and appeared to them and gave these words of comfort.

We often fail to read what’s really there, and see only the great commission to go and make other believers in other nations.  But it’s the words I’ve put in capitals we need to hear.  These are words of encouragement, given not only to the disciples, but just as the great commission is ours, the encouragement is ours as well.
Now, consider this.  If Jesus, who has not been dethroned in the nearly 2,000 years since His death, has authority over all things, what does that mean to you?  What problem do you have that He does not have authority over? 

Authority is a chain of leadership. Sure, you can go to your next-in-command with your problems, but why not just go to the Commander and Chief?  Why not take it to the CEO of your life?  You can get on the phone and talk it over with your best friend, or you can get on your knees and give it all to Jesus.  Frankly, as wonderful as my friends are, they aren’t in the problem solving business.  And as sweet as they are, none of them can make the promise that they will be with me “ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE”.
Can you say as the psalmist said in Psalms 121, that you know where your help comes from – that it comes from the Lord?

Find courage in knowing that there is ONE who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), and you have never left His sight.  None of your problems are a secret to Him.  And in His eternal vision, they are already solved.  So why wouldn’t you drop that problem at His feet?  It’s a dead issue anyway in His eyes.  Pray for courage, pray for more faith to trust Him, pray for strength, and leave the rest to Jesus.  He is there.

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