A New Look at “You’re not the Boss of ME!”

Yesterday I posted “My New Prayer” based upon the childhood declaration “You’re not the boss of me!” I finished by sharing what I believe God has been saying to me these days… here it is again.

Be diligent (give a care filled effort) to pay attention to ME (God.)  My love for you is immeasurable, my knowledge of you is complete and my power is infinite.  Surrender is the best life you can live.”  My prayer today? You ARE the boss of me..

If I may, I will twist the thoughts a bit.  In my life there are habits, attitudes and actions that do not add up to mature.  Doubt…  fear… insecurity…  pride…  greed…  indifference to others… if you know me you can finish the list.

What I find in me is described in the bible with the accuracy and precision of a marksman.   “The things I don’t want to do I do and the things I do want to do I don’t do.” Romans 7

I don’t want to be greedy but end up greedy…  I do want to be helpful but end up indifferent…  I am busted.  I have this thing inside of me that too often “is the boss of me” and it s called sin.  I can so easily cave to sin’s authority that I don’t pay attention to the consequences until I am grieving them.

Outside of Christ sin has more power than we know.   Sin’s power to enslave and condemn me were destroyed by Christ on the cross when he died for me.  This is good news!  This is THE good news!

One instruction we have from the bible (Romans 6)  is to “put to death the deeds of the flesh” or as it might be stated today… Tell sin, “You’re not the boss of me!”

It just seems that so much of sins power is still hanging around in our lives.  We let God’s instructions become suggestions. Loving our enemies is not something we do too much of.  Giving generously is not something we practice.  Sharing the good news of Jesus life, Death and Resurrection is something most people who know Christ in this country have never done.  Daily time in the word, a deep enough prayer life to be measured with the words “pray without ceasing” or loving a neighbor as our self are words we know but we too often fail to arrange our lives to make them a reality.

I know that my love for God would be much better served if I began to emphatically say… “You’re not the boss of me!” to a whole series of influences that seek to rise up and boss me around.

Think for a minute how much sin’s grip would be lessened if “You’re not the boss of me!” was spoken to fear.  What difference would take place if “You’re not the boss of me!” was shouted to anger?  How much would more freedom would enter our lives if “You’re not the boss of me!” was aimed at worry?  Can you imagine the incredible harmony that would surround our relationships if “You’re not the boss of me!” was leveled at our pride?  Wouldn’t it be healing if “You’re not the boss of me!” was pointed at our past?

Expand the influence of “You’re not the boss of me!” to food, the TV, exercise, our mouths, the covers, our secret sins… wow!   Here is the catch.  God’s Spirit is the key.  He is the one who activates the strength of the declaration.  He is the one who commands our lives.  HE IS THE BOSS OF ME! Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on March 26, 2010.

One Response to “A New Look at “You’re not the Boss of ME!””

  1. Excellent…just what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

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