196 – Jesus the Administrator

As the Son of the God of Means, Jesus is an administrator. He sent out his twelve and his seventy disciples to teach his message and heal the sick. His disciples baptized in his name.

Jesus is not a bureaucrat, requiring hierarchical communication and approval as a bureaucrat does; he is an administrator who delegates. Bureaucrats can’t tell the difference; Jesus’s administrators can.

The hired hand does not care for the sheep. Jesus is the shepherd, we are his sheep, and he raises up his own shepherds—directly, not through bureaucracy—who have it in their hearts to care for the sheep like their own. Never let any “leader” tell you what Jesus can’t direct and empower you to do. Cooperate with people, answer to Jesus.

In the Old Testament, Nathan the prophet confronted King David and David heeded because David knew God’s authority. All the more, under Jesus, he sends people with no position of bureaucracy—but with Jesus’s authority—into our lives and it is Jesus we heed when we heed them, Jesus we reject when we reject them. Jesus sends all people for this at times, even you. No authority exists without passing through Jesus’s hands.

As the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus appoints and raises, deposes and lowers, anyone he wants in any position of government. While a nation and a society choose their moral and immoral paths in life, Jesus moves the voters at the election booth. Sometimes Jesus will stir voters, but they must answer his call to have Jesus’s preferred outcome. If Jesus doesn’t want someone to lead a democracy, that person stands no chance.

We do what we will, yet God will work even through an unrighteous judge. Jesus separates the sheep from the goats by letting them separate themselves. Even the Devil is God’s devil and all things work according to Jesus’s good purposes in his grand, brilliant strategy of giving justice with choice to all people.

A master at hiring and firing, capable of calling our hearts, Jesus does not lead and guide us externally nor by force; he leads us from within our unctions—the work of Jesus the Excellent Administrator.

2 Samuel 12:1-15, Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 10:1-20; 18:1-8, John 4:2, Ephesians 4:11, Revelation 19:16