That is my deep belief.
He acts on his creation in love.
That is my deep experience.
God leads in more ways than we will ever fully be aware.
Much of our ignorance of his ways to lead are because he humbly works behind the scenes or because he will always have a mysterious way about him.
But some of our ignorance lies in our own desire to stay crippled by the fall and deceived by the cunning lies foisted on us by the false leader of the world, Satan.
Shadows steal our vision. Satan’s roaring interloping actions feeds our evil desires and shadows our minds. We want beastly leadership. We want it now, so we can lord it over others. We want it so we can force our spouses or kids to do what we want them to do. We want such leadership so we can to stop our enemies voices or even their lives. We want it because we want to get our way.
We don’t understand what we are wanting.
God presents a different vision and action of leadership.
I have tried to discuss this contrast between God’s leadership and beastly leadership in my last four posts. I have discussed the call to Resisting Beastly Leadership, and then contrasted that to Christ’s crucified leadership style. I invited us to see servant leadership as the only safe place for us to do our leading. I presented Daniel as a servant leader who learned how to work under beastly leaders.
Our good God who alone would make happy followers has to figure out how to attract us away from beastly leadership to his better leadership.
He works to reveal himself to us. He invites us and desires us to see him as he truly is.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”
As I pointed out in another blog about my four callings in life, this passage was my first calling-promise from God when I was 16. In my difficult journey as a teen to understand religion, Adventism and follow God, this passage spoke directly to my heart. God wanted me to know him and to live in that loving leadership.
It was an honoring invitation. It was a sobering invitation.
God has kept his promise to me and I want to keep my promise to him.
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
How can I help you dear reader (the few of you who read this) to see this wonderful Leader for Who He Is?
I am encouraged by Jesus confidence expressed as he was headed to the cross:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
He knows he is good for us and he knows many of us will catch on to that goodness.
I see God engaged in Four Acts of Divine Leadership.
Submission—God’s interaction with peers
“I and the father are One.” John 10:30
“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Eph 4:31
God is three in one. This is monotheism in Christianity. It means they have three different person’s able to work as one. True Friendship and Marriage gives us a taste of the power of submission in leading one another. It is a marvelous vortex of following and leading simultaneously. Satan will never know the joy of that process because the pain of submission is too hard for him to handle. What a joy he is missing out on!!!
Service—God’s activity for those in need and all creatures.
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” Matt 23:11
God spends all his time outside of submitting to the “three in one” in activity towards his whole creation as the MOST ACTIVE SERVANT OF ALL. He is not Lording it over us. He is actively working out his will to take care of the universe and us.
Sacrifice—God response to those who hurt him and others.
In his service, he has had wayward children, starting with Satan. God has had to deeply sacrifice to try to reach all his fallen creatures. Satan has not responded, but humans, though fallen, are responding in droves to this new face of God’s leadership. He sacrifices for us even though we are the one’s who wronged him.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Summative Act—God’s work for those who reject or accept submission, service, & sacrifice.
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28 NIV
“The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon– to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.” Is 28:21
“Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Rev 20:15
God is love in leadership. However, those who reject that love–reject the view of their God engaged in mutual submission, his service, his sacrifice–and resist the call to follow in that leadership–will face the summative act of God with sorrow and gnashing of teeth. Those who accept the vision of God–and accept the invitation to sacrifice (“bless those who curse you”), to serve and find the joy to submit, they will hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant.”
Thanks God for being God.
P.S. This is my 100th blog. I promised God I would do 100 blogs, regardless of how rustic and primitive they would be. It was my desire to “witness” for him and respond to his call to me at 16. I also set this as a goal, that once hit, I needed to start working on my other neglected second calling, to write books.
My goal is now to do that. First, I plan to work with an editor to 1) delete some of my worse blogs, 2) lightly edit some of the best blogs, and 3) move the mediocre ones to better blogs. Then I will use those to launch a book about Adventist ethics.
This is pending God and my mutual submission. It is what I would like to do. But I have learned his will is so much better than mine. Thanks be to God.