I’ve got a Monday devotional for y’all today from the host-with-the-most, Jason Ostrander. It’s about Jesus, the ultimate boss, in honor of National Boss’ Day (on October 16).
I’ve never met a youth leader who said, “Jesus isn’t the boss of me.” But I have met youth leaders who work in disagreement with their senior pastor, or who have a hard time getting along with those in authority over them. So where does that leave us? Can we truly serve Christ and be out of sync with our boss?
The reality is, many of us are confused as to what it means to follow Christ and come under authority.
Jesus had a different view of authority, and that often confounded the disciples. Take the following interaction after Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman for example:
“Meanwhile his disciples urged him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’
‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’ ” (John 4:31, 34).
Jesus’ answer seems ridiculous (dare I say even a bit super-spiritual) but if we really focus on in it we will see the deeper meaning. Jesus lived to do the will of his Father and to finish his work, he didn’t view authority as something that he was obligated to “come under”; rather, authority for Jesus was more like a mission to be accomplished—or a vision to be fulfilled.
What would it look like if we took that same attitude and applied it to our earthly authority today?
A good start might be asking our senior pastor out for coffee and finding out what their vision for the church is—or what their hopes and dreams for ministry are. (In the end you may find a few ways to rally the youth ministry around their work!)
So in honor of National Boss’ day (October 16th), let’s take advantage of Christ’s unique perspective on authority.
Blessings on your boss!