Who’s Your Boss?
The other day, as I gathered my things and readied myself to go to the office, I glanced at my iPhone and saw an email that sent me sideways. I guess there’s something about me you should know: I am a creature of habit and anything that adversely affects and alters my routine and thoughts, especially in the morning, will simply jack me up for the better part of the rest of the day. The email was not a really big deal in the whole scheme of things, but it had to do with my Captain getting into my operational affairs and making changes. Now I realize that he does have the absolute authority and wherewithal to do such things, as he is the boss of me, if you will. But the problem I had with him getting into my “cheerios” was that he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing and how his changes will adversely affect the division’s operations which I oversee. It’s almost like–and yes, I’m embellishing just a little–it’s almost as if you went in for surgery and you instructed the surgeon how to perform the surgery on you. Essentially you hired the surgeon to perform a service for you, so in a way, you are his boss for the duration of time that he is operating on you. But, no one in his right mind would presume to be so forward and arrogant as to instruct him or her how to conduct the surgery. Why? Well, because you most likely have no idea of what is involved in the surgery in the first place. And secondly, you’ll most likely be asleep, under the effects of anesthesia. So for one to presume to direct the surgeon how to perform the surgery would be at the utmost heights of arrogance.
So back to me: seeing my Captain’s email to me, directing me to make changes to my operations that he essentially knows nothing about was not something I needed to see as I began my day; and of course my trip to the office was filled with a great amount of grumbling and gnashing of teeth and angry verbal outbursts. But as I was about three or so miles from the office, something came to me. The thing that came to me was: why do I allow myself to get upset over such things? I did answer myself: because he’s my boss and he is messing around in my business and is going to likely mess things up. The retort to that was: who is your boss? My response was of course: the Captain. The second retort was: really? The Captain is your boss? Are you sure? Who is your boss in all reality? Well, after reflecting about this a few seconds longer, I came to the embarrassing conclusion that my boss, the Captain, is just a figurehead in my life and that my true boss is Yahovah. That being the undeniable case, there was no reason for me to get as worked up as I became over this figurehead getting into my business. His wrangling into my affairs should be looked at, from my perspective–with full knowledge of who my true boss is–as mere noise that I simply have to deal with when I get to the office and not allow it to steal my joy and my purpose.
This reality goes beyond that example of course. I run into a great deal of situations that are quite similar to the one that I just described. We work for the Creator of the Universe. Not only do we work for the Creator, we also have a pedigree that has been bestowed upon us that above any known to man. We are essentially royalty and we’ve been given authority over stuff. Thus, when we walk into anyplace, if we are truly His–our presence alone will cause things to change and happen for the better simply because of who we work for and the authority and pedigree we carry. Yes, it goes beyond the carnal and is way over into the spiritual realm.
Friends, I humbly submit to you today that we have for the most part been duped by the Christian establishment. How has the Christian establishment duped us in relation to this issue of identifying who we work for and who our bosses are? The Christian establishment has duped us by teaching us that (1), we must come to Jesus just as we are–faults, hang-ups, misperceptions, troubles and everything else that plagues us. Secondly, the Christian establishment has taught us that once we ask Jesus into our hearts and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are new creatures in Christ and we are free from the scourge of sin and alienation from God. Thirdly, the Church establishment fails to instruct us on day-to-day living in accordance with God’s Word, but instead, begs for money from us so that their operations may continue to spread the Gospel around the world. This all has been packaged and sold to us as “The Work of the Gospel” and “Discipleship.” Sadly, there’s nothing about this process that is even remotely related to the Gospel and certainly nothing related to discipleship. It’s all become a big smoking mirror and parlor trick that the vast majority of Churchianity has fallen for, lock-stock and barrel. So we enter into this thing that I choose to call Churchianity and we are given a false start and we are not taught the truth of what is in the Word of the Most High and we are not equipped to live lives that are consistent with what Father has always required of His chosen ones. Furthermore, and this is the kicker: we have never been told who the true boss of us truly is. We’ve been led to believe that we are our own bosses because we have freedom in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)
The truth of the matter is that those folks that hire us to do a job; that pay us; that seemingly rule our lives 8 to 12-hours a day, are really not our bosses. The world about us–our community; our county; our state; our federal government; even our home owners’ associations–these entities are not our bosses and they are not in charge of us. Well, they all are, if we allow that mindset to rule within us. Indeed, the great Apostle Paul taught us that we should live as servants of the Most High and be subject to all earthly authority: be they governors, rulers and institutions; and that would certainly pertain to those who are over us in terms of our vocations and jobs. But that is a basic level of existence that we all are encouraged and to a great degree, as good servants of Yahovah, encouraged to attend to. But like so many things in this life, there is a higher-level of existence that we must attend to as well and that has to do with understanding and being obedient to the ultimate authority over all life–God–Yahovah. The earthly folk who pay our checks and give us orders were placed in our lives for a purpose–whatever that purpose turns out to be. Paul wrote to the Roman Assembly:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Rom 13:1-5 ESV)
Paul is teaching us that the Creator has placed our earthly bosses over us for His purpose and perfect will. But that’s about as far as these earthly entitles go–they have a job to be over us–they are essentially contractors. But there is an ultimate boss who has complete, total and absolute authority over us. It is this simple but overarching fact that we must always keep in mind if we are not to fall into the trap of allowing the cares of the world to take hold of us and cause us to lose our sense of purpose and mission in the service of Y’shua Messiah (aka Jesus Christ).
As the redeemed of the most High (Galatians 3:13) and having been grafted into a heritage that is rooted in the Hebraic Faith (Romans 11:17-24). Thus we are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and we then share the very heritage of those who traversed and dwelt in the Sinai desert. It was there, in the Sinai desert, at the foot of Mount Sinai (aka the Holy Mountain or the Mountain of God) where we convenanted with the Creator of the Universe. Moses wrote:
On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.
2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,
3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:
4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for ball the earth is mine;
6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
7 ¶ So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. (Exo 19:1-8 ESV)
The Septuagint, also known as the LXX, describes our status and positions as being “peculiar people above all nations of the world.” This speciality–this peculiarity–did not apply to just the priestly tribe of Levi, but to the entire nation. Thus, this peculiarity–speciality–applies to each of us who embrace and honor the true Faith once delivered.
According to the NET Bible, the Hebrew word for “peculiar or special possession” is “sequllah”, which the prophet Malachi and a writer of the Psalms suggests applies to the “faithful remnant.” Although all the earth belongs to Yahovah (of which He holds complete sovereignty over), we being grafted in of Israel “stand in a place of special privilege and enormous responsibility.” (NET Bible; Mal. 3:17; Psm. 135:4) It is that privilege and responsibility that strikes right at the heart of the question of “who’s your boss,” does it not?
The great Apostles Peter instructs that before we entered the true Faith once delivered, “We once were not a people but now we are Yahovah’s people…” (I Pet. 2:9)
Our job, according to The Boss–Yahovah–is to be priests and to live holy lives. (Exo. 19:5, 6) We have a unique and special mission–we have been fashioned through His Ruach Hakodesh and the atoning work of Y’shua, for special work that is far and above that which our earthly “bosses” could ever purpose for us to accomplish. (Eph. 2:10)
Thus we have no reason to be so ensnared and feel and act as though we are in bondage to our earthly jobs and bosses. If we find ourselves in such a mindset or reality, we probably should do something about it. That may include finding a new vocation or start our own businesses.
As Yahovah’s peculiar treasure and people, we are essentially enslaved to Yahovah who is our one true Boss. We agreed to this arrangement when He extended the call and invitation. Upon our acceptance of Him being our Boss–our God–He then purchased us from all other bosses we have been under or that hold claim to us, and that includes hasatan–through the sacrifice of Y’shua Messiah. (Reference: I Cor. 6:20; 7:23; Act. 20:28; I Pet. 1:18)
Realizing that we are now under new supervision and employment, Y’shua taught us that we cannot be slaves to two-masters: doing so will short one master and cause greater allegiance to the other. (Matt. 6:24; Luk. 16:13) We will always choose one over the other, that’s just the nature of man. This is not to say, however, that we not perform as stellar employees at the behest of our earthly bosses. For it is because of who we are and to whom we belong, we are compelled to be stellar employees: not because our earthly bosses require it, but our heavenly Father has fashioned us unto the performance of good works. (cf. Eph. 2:10)
Finally, we are not to get worked up over the demands and concerns placed over us by our earthly bosses. We are to seek to please Yahovah and not seek after the accolades of men. The great Apostle Paul (aka: Shaul) wrote: “Am I now trying to gain the approval of people; or of Yahovah? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people I would not be a slave of Messiah.” (Gal. 1:10) Here in the book of Galations, we find indications of Paul being challenged by Judaizers who sought to steer the Faith that Paul brought to the Galatian assembly over to Judaism, but we can see that Paul stood firm and rebuffed their attempts to sully the pure Gospel message. We must have this same mind–to please Yah and not seek after the approval of men.
So I ask you again: who is your boss?
Faithfully submitted by Rod Thomas