Genesis 1:27-28 “So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them. God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.”
When God created humanity, male and female, every human being, He commanded us to be in charge, but in charge of what? In charge of the earth. As human beings we are given the command to be in charge of the earth. When Jesus died on the cross and went to hell, He came back with the keys of the kingdom, what are these keys? They are for human beings to be restored back to the original plan of God, which is for us to be in charge of the earth. Now the earth is under our control, at least it is supposed to be. So, why are the vast majority of Christians not in charge, if this is a command from God?
I believe we are not in charge, because we don’t know how to be in charge. We think we know how to do something’s, but for many that is even iffy. Most people second guess themselves, because they do not see the evidence of what they think they have faith for (Hebrews 11:1) or what they are called to do. If the lack of confidence was not enough to deal with, we have to add the self-deception (Galatians 6:1) that we have bought into which will not allow us to face the reality of how much we are really a slave to. So, how do we restore, or get back to God’s original command to us, which is to be in charge?
We need to start with repentance! We need to repent of a powerless mindset, one that says, we can’t, we shouldn’t, we won’t. If you listen to Christians speak, you realize how powerless they feel over their situation, but we are not powerless, we are the most powerful people on the face of the earth. However, to be powerful, we must repent, we must change the way we think, Jesus said, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is here. Well, the same words He is saying today, the kingdom of heaven is here, right now on earth, and unless we repent, we are going to miss it. So, to start you have to repent, to do that you must read the Bible and believe it. Many people listen to the word of God, but very few learn from it, that is why we are powerless.
So, here is the entry point for being in charge, we must learn to be in charge of ourselves, before we are going to be in charge of a family, a city, a nation, a company or a church. You and I have to realize we are not a slave to our choices, we are in charge of our choices. We are not slaves to our emotions, we are in charge of our emotions, we are not slaves to our money, we are in charge of our money, we are not slaves to our appetites, we are in charge of our appetites, at least we are supposed to be.
John 8:32 says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!” In the movie A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise says, “you can’t handle the truth.” You have a choice, are you going to face the truth that someone other than you is in charge, that is why you are driven by _______________ or a slave to ____________________, and repent so you can start being in charge. Or are you going to live in the perpetual self-deception, believing something that is not in the Bible, because you can’t handle the truth?
The question remains….who’s in charge, really?