My poor brother suffered from abuse when he was younger . . . at least maybe that’s what he thought it was. I was the queen of all bossy sisters, making sure my younger brother was always minding his P’s and Q’s. I was smarter than him, of course, because I was older and more mature – or so I thought. I had wisdom he needed to glean from, and I made sure he knew it. If ever there was a boss in the making, it was me.
I’m sure my brother was relieved when I finally moved off to college, and he was able to enjoy the solitude of doing what he wanted without hearing my bossy pieces of advice. I, on the other hand, consistently found myself in positions of leadership – choir director, office manager, front desk supervisor, children’s church director, and school supervisor. Alas, it seemed to be my fate to always be the boss of someone.
Whether or not there is a sibling in the mix, or a job that requires leadership, every Christian has a role to play as “boss.” It’s a level of authority that even makes the devil and his crew tremble.
Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Mark 16:15-18 gets specific: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; theywill take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Our authority is like that of a policeman whose badge carries weight wherever he goes. Though the badge doesn’t hold any power in itself, the authority of the police department behind that piece of metal proclaims a policeman’s right to give commands.
Along with that right of authority is the power of a weapon – the name of Jesus. The use of Jesus’ name is the same as that of a policeman pointing his gun at a vandal and telling him to stop. Power is contained in that gun and the hand holding it. Just the same, any devil that tries to balk at the authority of Jesus working through us is going to have to bow his knee. One wrong move and . . . you get the picture.
On the other hand, without the power of God backing us up, our bossy words would fall to the ground, harmless. On our own, we couldn’t get the tiniest ant to do what we commanded, much less a spiritual demon. That’s why we need to consistently appreciate and acknowledge our Power Source. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Our position of submission to God’s leadership keeps us in line with His blessings . . . and the authority that belongs to us. No power can flow unless we’re living as if God were our boss. The devil recognizes rebellion and has no fear when he can see God’s power is not in our favor. Like a policeman has power because he’s employed by the police department, we have power because we are “employed” by God. We’re part of His team of law enforcers.
Like a sibling relieved to be rid of his bossy sibling, the devil would love for us to be out of commission as well. He wants to see us lowering our shields of faith and our pistol of power. He’ll do anything to distract us from our allegiance to our own Boss by sending darts of doubt and rebellion. It’s our challenge to stay undistracted enough to keep our badge glowing and our gun loaded. When we keep our own ammunition employed, no weapon formed against us can prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)