Who Is Your Master?

What do you mean who is my master?  I am my own master!!!  Is this what you were thinking when you read the title for this post?  Maybe you weren’t consciously, but if you had to think about it for a second, would this be your answer?  If it is, I am glad you are here.

I am going to challenge you with the fact that no matter who you are, you are a slave to someone or something.  Don’t believe me?  Let me lay it all out for you.

What are your aspirations in life?  Have a great career? Have an impact on the world?  Drive nice cars?  Why do these things drive you?  Why do they get you out of bed every morning and make you do some things that you probably do not want to do?

I know for me, I wanted to own my own business so badly. I wanted “freedom,” and I wanted people to see me as being “successful,” a self-made man. The problem was, when I finally started my own business, I wasn’t free at all…in fact, I had LESS freedom.  I was always thinking about what I needed to do next, how I was going to market my products, how I was going to be more successful than the average entrepreneur (In case you were wondering, the average entrepreneur isn’t successful at all.). I was a slave to the desire of success and freedom, which is exactly what all of the marketers around you are pushing these days. What I did not realize was that achieving these things through the methods they teach is extremely difficult. The only reason they advertise “freedom, success, and money” is because they know that this will draw you, and they will make money because of it.  This is also a good measure of what you are a slave to, what you spend your money on.  Where your money is spent is probably the number one sign of what you believe, what you care about, and where your heart is.

So, the question you have to ask yourself now is:  what DO I spend my money on?  (DO NOT justify your spending habits!)  Are there times when you go out of your way to buy things for others because you know that they need it, even if you are on a tight budget, and even if you have no obligation to buy them this whatsoever? (Christmas doesn’t count!)  Do you do this even when there is ZERO benefit for you?

So by now you are probably asking yourself, what kind of blog is this?  What are you getting to?  This blog was created in order to get back on track with our mindset as leaders.  If we cannot understand the fact that we are slaves to others and slaves to our Creator, our vision of leadership will ALWAYS be a warped one.  There are lots of people out there who spend a lifetime attempting to get others to do things for them without coercing and prodding. I am not going to sit here and claim that I am the one who knows every answer to leadership, but I do know of a book that does, and in this book is the heart of the message that I am writing about in this post.  I came upon these verses a few days ago and they sum up our situations not only as humans but also as teachers and leaders in every situation.  Here it is:

 

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

As you continue on your entrepreneurial journey, remember these things.  Your approach and beliefs are of utmost importance, and until you come to the self-realization of who or what you are a slave to, you will never fully be secure in the path you are choosing.  So, what path will you take, what will you choose to lean on as you walk forward?  I hope that you will choose to serve those around you, and give back for what others have done for you.

 

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