Destruction and Overturning

This helped me tremendously.

“Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” – John‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭

The people who ‘destroyed’ the body of Jesus turned out to actually be working for the purpose of God through Jesus.

The people who destroyed the temple, Jerusalem and persecuted the Christians in 70AD were working for Jesus. Read more about this here. Driving the Christians out worked to fulfill his command to go into all the world.

“Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.’” – Matthew‬ ‭24:1-2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

There are many other examples in scripture of God using destruction and devastation through people.

Often the destructive people and things in our lives are likely working for Jesus (whether they know it or not), their motives may be other, as we keep him central and supreme he can use destruction to build new and better in us. Yes, he destroys but he is also building something far better.

Lessons From Working Within a Hierarchy – Part 3

The third and final lesson from working in a hierarchy is that highlighted in scripture.

Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “[Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.

So the story goes: a Roman centurion has a desperate need, his servant is paralyzed and in need of healing. Jesus offers to come and heal the man but the centurion suggested another idea based on his understanding of who Jesus is. He said “I am not worthy for You to come under my roof”. This centurion also understood deeply how hierarchy works. “I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it”. This centurion understood the infinitely powerful spiritual authority that Jesus had. He knew that all Jesus had to do was to say the word, and some how some way his servant many miles away would be healed.

Within authorities (if they are led well) the words and desires one of the one at the top rules, he (or she) is the greatest one that people rally around. This means two things: 1) go against anyone within that line of authority and we risk the wrath of the one at the top. So be supportive of people within if you want to be supportive of the one at the top and we must be supportive if we want promotion. 2) If we are at odds with the one at the top we will be at odds with everyone loyal to the one at the top.

If you find yourself within a hierarchy (and you want to do well) take care to not violate these rules. Hierarchies are neither inherently evil nor inherently good they are simply tools of unity, they align our efforts, commitment and loyalty under one or a few persons.

Another noteworthy fact is that Jesus never set up a line of authority among his disciples nor did he teach them to do so. Jesus did not want some of his disciples above or below the others. He even seemed to prohibit this when his disciples were wanting to do so.

Matthew 20:24 And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant

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Lessons from Working Within a Hierarchy – Lesson 2

Almost all of us currently do or will need to participate within a hierarchy. Some hierarchies are very healthy and others are extremely toxic and everywhere in between. I write these posts to share with young people how to do well within hierarchies. I wish I would have realized these long ago when I started working in my company. […]

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