By Kristen Wetherell
If you're in a leadership position of any kind, you need to read Psalm 115.
Reading this song leads us to ask three very significant questions:
ONE: In looking at your life, would it be apparent to people that Jesus is LORD?
The Psalmist says this: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness" (v. 1).
What do my attitudes, words and actions -- not to mention my thoughts -- relay to nonbelievers? What do they relay to my brothers and sisters in Christ?
The other morning was one that seemed, in all respects, crazy. The dishwasher was full, so the remnants of our breakfast were scattered across the kitchen counters; the laundry was overflowing; and both my husband and I were running late to work. It became clear to me, praise God, that Jesus' lordship spoke even to that crazy morning: Would I blow through the doors of work frazzled, complainant, and worried? Or would I reiterate the gospel-truth I believe: Jesus is Lord, even over the messy house I abandoned.
As believers in the risen Lord Jesus, we don't want to give any person a reason to say, "Where is their God?" (v. 2). Rather, we want the world to proclaim along with us, "Our God is in the heavens! He does all that he pleases!" (v. 3).
Is it apparent to others that Jesus is your Lord?
TWO: In what areas of your life are you displacing Jesus as Lord with a useless, dissatisfying substitute that destroys faith and points a watching world to you, rather than to Christ?
"Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands...they have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them" (vv. 4, 7-8).
Idols are lifeless and therefore useless, to no purpose. When we forget that Jesus is Lord, that he has accepted us fully and given us everything we need for life and godliness, we will seek satisfaction in other places, though unsuccessfully.
What a tragedy for a believer, created in God's image, to become like the idol he or she worships: useless and ineffective.
What idols are you worshiping?
THREE: What is your only hope, in life and death?
Here's our promise: in Christ, God has blessed those who fear him! The Lord has remembered our weak frame; he knows that we are dust.
"O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield...The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us...he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great" (vv. 9, 12-13).
Let us turn aside from our functional idols, from vanity, from useless pursuits, and let us grab hold of our perfect Help and Shield, Jesus Christ. Let us lead others by fearing and praising Jesus as Lord and making our hope in Him our cry to a watching world.
Our Help and Shield, we look to you for help and hope! Any effective leadership or ministry comes by knowing you and turning from all other unsatisfying substitutes. Reveal where in our lives we have forgotten that you are Lord; reveal the idols of our hearts; and remind us of the glorious gospel, that you have given us grace and mercy through Jesus.
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