In Genesis it says that man was created in the image of God in order to ”rule” over creation.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Psalms 8:4-6 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
At some point Jesus will become the literal ruler of the earth, and God’s Kingdom will be on the earth among us. Many will rule with Jesus by his side.
Revelation 3:21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
Only humble followers of Jesus will rule with Him, and He is in the process of discovering who those worthy of co-ruling with Him are. God entrusts authority on a trial basis, in order to see if they will remain under the authority of God. To be proud means to believe that your authority springs from your own self, and that no one else rules over you. To be humble means that however much authority and power and glory God gives you, you remain under His authority and rule, and always give Him all the praise and the glory. The purpose of God is to find people who are capable of handling authority and to whom, in the end, He can entrust the jobs of ruling over His creation, not merely as a trial run, but for all eternity.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Today we are seeing many in authority, such as the Governors in several States exercising their authority as if they deserved it, with an obvious disdain for God’s power over them.
Each of us is given authority from God, usually in little things to begin with, and as we prove faithful and humble, He gives us more and more power to influence and to lead others.
Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
It is so important that we fully understand how addicting power and authority is in each of our own hearts, and that we would pursue walking humbly with our God with great diligence, fear, self-examination and transparency.