Week 41 Sunday

Knowing Who Is Boss

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 5-6

Key Verse: Acts 5:29

He was just an orderly – and not very high up on the “pecking order” in terms of staff organization.

So when a Doctor, who was in a very foul mood, and who wanted to throw his weight around, wanted to find an easy target upon which to unleash his totally unreasonable fury – the young orderly was just the one.

The Doctor yelled; the orderly calmly listened.  The “boss” bellowed; the orderly smiled submissively then, when all the sound and fury was ended, went calmly about his business.

Later, when some of us who had witnessed the unjust attack tried to express our concern to the young man – he had a ready answer which I will always remember.

Smiling, and pointing upward to heaven, He said, “It’s OK.  I know who my Boss is – and He’s not that Doctor.”

Wow. I wish I could so easily remember that, and so quickly draw on that kind of faith and strength, when I feel the “world” is out to get little old me.

Peter and the other apostles clearly had it.

When thrown in jail by those who wanted to shut them up and stop their meddlesome preaching – an angel came and sent them out with their marching orders.  Later, when confronted again and told “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” that is – the name of Jesus – Peter had a quick, calm, steady reply:

“We must obey God rather than human beings!”

And he and the others went right on preaching.

When you have that kind of rock solid sense of who your “Boss” is – there isn’t anything that can stop you.

And even though Peter, and the others, were eventually martyred for their faith – their message lives on – just as they live on in God’s heavenly kingdom.

So, know your Boss.  Know whose marching orders you must follow – no matter who tries to get in your way or give you trouble.

And you will experience a power and calmness the world just doesn’t understand.

Prayer: Lord, may I always follow you faithfully, and joyfully, wherever you lead.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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