Heaven’s Flowchart

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TODAY I READ ON the Google News website that a higher-up in one of the largest corporations in America has been fired for violating some policy of the company. His title? Chief Information Officer.

Hmmm. Isn’t that what used to be called Public Relations Director or Director of Communications? See…a Director is SO yesterday. Now, if you’re truly important, you are an Officer—and a Chief one at that!

This item got me to thinking about titles. The trend, it seems, is toward ever-more-impressive titles that convey ever-increasing importance.

The Big Cheese or Big Wheel at most corporations is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). No more of this president or general manager penny ante stuff. And tailing on to the Important Title bandwagon, treasurers are now Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)—and mere presidents, a step below the CEO, are Chief Operating Officers (COOs). Even being a vice president is only so-so. If you really matter, you’re a senior vice president.

I was a veep once in my career. I was in charge of administrivia—of paper shuffling and minutia—responsible for flying about the country to Important Meetings and attending no less than 18 (yes, count ’em—18) in-house committees that produced Minutes (while wasting Hours) that referred items back and forth to each other.

Now, maybe I’m making something too big out of all this, but it does seem to me that in the ongoing quest in life to Matter, to Be Somebody, to Be In Charge of Something, things are getting a little out of hand.

It’s an old virus….as old as Lucifer and his desire to rise higher up the organizational flowchart of heaven to the top—to have the glory and the power. He forgot that true glory and power are found not in controlling others but in serving them.

Jesus said, “So the last will be first, and the first last.” Matthew 20:16. Then He demonstrated those words in His own life:

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” Philippians 2:5-9.

You see, Heaven’s Flowchart is the opposite of ours down here. The Servant is at the top. You never rise higher in Heaven’s estimation than when you stoop low to help another.

Control and Power and the most Important Titles possible? Guess from whence comes that idea? Even the Church is not exempt from this pursuit of sounding ever-more-important. A Manager becomes a President becomes a CEO. A College becomes a University. Even the janitor becomes a Sanitation Engineer.

Could it be that we’ve forgotten that our importance—our value—is not to be found in titles but in how God sees us? If I’m more important to Jesus than His own life, that should tell me a lot about my true worth and importance—my place in the overall scheme of things.

If I’m to aspire to being Chief of something, may it be to join the Apostle Paul, who, in 1 Timothy 1:15, called himself the “Chief of sinners.” Because with that title, the “perks” are beyond belief: deliverance from certain eternal death, to live eternally with the only one who rightly holds all the Power and the Glory.

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