It seemed innocent enough. A couple was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for driving their golf cart on a public road without a license plate. When the deputy questioned the couple, one of the passengers flashed her identification badge and said that she was, “hoping that you’ll just let us go tonight.” The passenger handed the deputy her business card, and informed the deputy, “If you ever need anything, call me. Seriously.” It is likely that incident would not have been reported except the passenger was the local police chief and the entire interaction was recorded on the deputy’s bodycam. A few days later, the mayor of the city chastised the police chief who then resigned her position.
People in authority often seek to use their position for personal gain. One sordid tale that is recorded in the Bible involves King Ahab of Israel. He was an evil and godless king who used his position and power to execute one of his own citizens on false charges so that he could then seize his land. What was the result? Like the hapless police chief, Ahab could not escape judgment for his actions. God told him that he would die a miserable death. A few years later, this came to pass.
So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there. They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where the prostitutes bathed), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the LORD had declared.
1 Kings 22:37-38 (NIV)
God is not mocked! What we reap, we sow. How different is the attitude of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death —even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
Jesus Christ is God, but He put aside His divine privileges to become human. While human, He was still fully God. Yet, He did not use His authority and privilege for personal gain but humbled Himself, allowing Himself to be crucified so that He could redeem us of our sins. Because of His sacrifice, if we ever need anything, we can confidently call upon His Name for salvation and eternal life.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.