Human nature tends to love ascendancy in things. All of our jockeying for position, our love of titles, and our obsession with pomp and circumstance. These can create the illusion of self-importance. I have even seen ministerial colleagues insist on being addressed by their titles. This can stem from the false notion that our titles or roles are the source of our power and authority.
But the sobering reality of Colossians 1:16 is like a splash of cold water on the face:
“Thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities;
all things were created and exist through Him (Jesus)”.
All power and authority ultimately, even it misused, come from God. It is humbling to know that God is the One who sets us up or removes us at His pleasure . . . And that our power doesn’t come from our college degrees or leadership talents, but from Him.
John the Baptist had the right idea when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). He was speaking of Jesus who alone deserves the place of pre-eminence. John knew that it is God who promotes and honors as He sees fit.
I have learned to rejoice when my friends get promoted ahead of me in any way.
This is not always easy and is no different than any other temptation that must be daily resisted.
There is great freedom that comes with this type of surrender – The surrender of ego. Ego puts a crushing demand on us to have to portray something we were never meant to be.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God).