Who’s In Charge?
Are YOU Still The C.E.O.?
Read: Proverbs 3
In corporate America, many have the desire; expressed or unexpressed; to become the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of a particular establishment. They think that they have the ability to maintain the degree of assertiveness, and stability that accompany such a title. Some also like the prestige that they feel this position would warrant them.
In the business arena, a company can’t function properly under the direction and leadership of an ill-advised, immature and inadequately prepared C.E.O. The fate of such a business is never one that will yield a positive return. It doesn’t matter how weighty the potential of its employees; their ability to excel or to benefit greatly, will be significantly diminished because of the incompetence of the C.E.O.
The same holds true in the realm of the spirit. Far too often we are wondering why we haven’t reached certain plateaus in our spiritual walk. We wonder why things appear to be “sailing high” for a while – and then they seem to plunge or take a spiral twist downward. Or maybe your spiritual walk shows no apparent signs of advancement.
Could the possible reason be that YOU are still attempting to govern your life from the position of the C.E.O.? Are YOU still inadvertently calling the shots and establishing the rules? Have YOU decided that the rules that have been tried and proven; established centuries ago; and really required for your success are just too rigid?
Let’s take a quick inventory.
- In the area of showing compassion; is it shown to everyone, or do you pick and choose to whom you will display acts of kindness (refer to Ephesians 4:32)?
- What about studying and memorizing the Word of God (refer to 119:11)? Are you still memorizing and reading your sword on a regular basis – or do you think that’s just for those new converts?
- What about in monetary giving – above that menial 10% that is required as a tithe (refer to Malachi 3:10)? Isn’t it interesting that many will only give unto the “Lord of Lords” and the “King of Kings” 10% - and feel as though they have accomplished a great task….when even the worst waitress receives at least 15%?!
- How about the visitation of those who are; incarcerated, homebound, in nursing homes, in juvenile detention centers etc.? (refer to Matthew 25:31-40)
- What about in the area of assisting the widows, orphans, single parents, and the elderly? (refer to Matthew 25:31-46)
The above listing is very abbreviated. However, when the Lord is in control, when He is the true C.E.O. of our lives, He will make certain that our lives are being lived according to the ground rules that He has established for us. Many times a particular task may seem too difficult. Many times we will eagerly say that we weren’t “called” to function in a specific area. However, we are all called to relinquish the position as the head of our lives. When God is truly the C.E.O. of our lives, He will lead and guide our every step. Although our walk will experience “seasonal” changes – each season will occur under the careful and productive hand of the Lord; and be productive– when He is the C.E.O.
So, don’t hastily say that the Lord is in control of your life and that He is “first in my life”.
I feel as though we all have an area (or maybe areas!) where we haven’t totally and graciously surrendered the reins. Ask God to reveal it (them) to you. Then ask Him for the wisdom and direction needed to totally place Him in control.
Yes it’s a new day in the realm of the spirit. So embrace the “newness” by allowing a shifting of the guards. Permit a new C.E.O. to come on board…..and when He comes, permit Him to replace EVERYTHING that is not in accord with what He deems beneficial.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5&6