Not a Boss
Off the Wall, Sept
19, 2013

I was troubled one day upon seeing a hat exposed through the back deck window of a car parked in Legion Keener Park one Tuesday during the hours of the Farmer’s Market. It read, “Jesus is My Boss.”

As I walked along the asphalt path, it hit me, He is not my boss. Anyone who loves a person as much as the Holy Family loves us can never be considered as such. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and my other intercessors, the saints, simply do not boss me around.

Let’s start with God. I consider Him my Father. I think that’s a no-brainer. After all, He is known as God the Father. He created all the galaxies, earth and everything on it. He is all-loving, kind and full of forgiveness to those who come to Him asking pardon for their sinfulness. Yet, as a Father, He has established rules we must follow, just as any father has done who has raised us. In other words, we are allowed to do certain things and not permitted to do other acts. His “to do list,” if that’s what we’ll call it, has been bound in print for a long, long time in the Holy Scriptures we call the Bible.

We are very familiar with His Son, Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus into the world to advise His creation as to His love as demonstrated in many different ways. One of those included dying on the cross for our transgressions?

We are told in chapter of John, verse 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Sure, Jesus became upset at times when He saw what the moneychangers were doing in the temple. Matthew 21:12 explains His displeasure when He entered this place of worship. And why shouldn’t He have? After all, people’s emphasis was not on godly purposes.

I was listening to a homily during one Saturday evening Mass when the priest said something very relevant as to whom the Son really is. He stated, “Jesus is the leader and perfecto of faith. He motivates and purifies.” Our goal, then, is to follow Jesus as He did so to exemplify His Father.

That brings me to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. If we are talking in bureaucratic terms, I like to think of Him as my supervisor. He watches over me and directs me to love as Jesus would want me to love others. I can’t put it any simpler than that. If my conduct is wrong, He lets me know it. In blessing others, I sometimes get goose bumps or feel little electric currents penetrate my body, mind, and soul. I live for those moments. How great is that? When I do get baptized by the Holy Spirit in such a manner, there isn’t anything like it I can compare it to. What an amazing God who can come alive in His creation such as yours truly. People who refuse to believe in Him have no idea what they are missing. Being touched in such a fashion gives me even more drive to evangelize for the Trinity, not to mention others who are praying on our behalf.

Again, John 3:16 says it all. Having strong belief in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, following the works God emphasized in the Bible and adhering to the traditions of Christianity definitely will lay the foundation to obtaining eternal life. If God wills it, we each will end up in His kingdom we’ve come to know as heaven. Our faith can do so much for us if we abide by his teachings.

Getting back to the hat on the back deck that I observed through the window, I believe I know what the person was trying to convey. No government leader was going to tell him what to do. Instead, the owner of this prized possession would let his conscience be his guide as directed only by the Son of God. Since government has announced many times that it wants a separation between church and state, then the cards have been laid on the table.

The hat owner wants it known, in my opinion, that the “to do list” that we are to follow will result in peace on earth and goodwill to men, something worth thinking about.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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