I’ve been fortunate to have a number of good bosses throughout my career. I’ve had my share of lousy ones, too; but looking back, my list of bosses is full of people who used their authority well.
So, what makes a “good boss”? Someone who is involved, but not overbearing. Someone who puts in at least as much effort and care into their position as they expect me to put into mine. Someone who takes an interest in developing their employees. And while this last item may not be at the top of everyone’s mind, we want a boss that, in fairness, holds their people accountable for their responsibilities and actions.
For a “good boss”, we work in ways that we never consider when we have a “bad boss”. For a “good boss”, we aren’t afraid to bring up both the problem and our suggested solution. We put in the extra time at work because we know our manager is putting in the time as well. We seek out her opinion and want to hear how she will grow us. We put our best efforts in, because we know that he is appreciative and will reward our efforts. We wouldn’t consider giving this kind of effort if we are managed by a “bad boss”. We may be forced or coerced into doing this occasionally, but volunteering it? Not a chance.
But how does this ideal compare with how our modern culture portrays – or even we sometimes think – about God? Have you ever been asked these questions? Perhaps you’ve wondered them, too:
· If God really cared, why do bad things happen?
· Is God even paying attention?
· Why is God letting people get away with their selfishness and evil actions?
These are hard, real questions. And it’s ok to ask them…no need to watch out for lightning strikes.
However, I want us to look at the sentiment behind these questions – do we think God is a “bad boss”? Are our assumptions about God getting in the way of how we see Him?
· Do you think God is at work in the world?
· Do you think God is interested in how you learn and grow?
· Do you think God holds people accountable?
Did you answer yes or no? What are you basing your answer on?
Did you answer I’m not sure? Then let me give you a sampling of verses to consider:
When Jesus was asked why He had the authority to heal people on the Sabbath, He gave this response:
Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.”
When discussing how He cares for His people, Jesus said:
I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
When writing to believers, Paul had this stern warning for them:
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
How do these few verses affect the way you perceive God? If you’re still unsure, that’s ok…but don’t stay there. Pursue God. Search the Scriptures. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Because when we see God as He truly is – a “good boss” – then our attitude, actions, and aim in life changes greatly. But if we believe that God is absent and uncaring, we will miss out on the fullness of life He has to offer – the kind that only a “good boss” can give.