'Reformation for Governmental Leaders' Patti Amsden

Life is composed of boundaries. Each person is granted delegated authority to manage his or her boundaried area(s). This self-management and asset management is a testimony of the confidence that God placed upon mankind when he created man in His image and gave man dominion over the earth. As the earth is large and the earth's assets are many, as the job of dominion continues throughout ages but men only live a limited number of years, and as the resources to manage the whole earth demand more money, wisdom, or time possessed by any one given individual, each person needs other boundary managers with whom he or she will co-labor.

Reformation lens #1 - All persons have boundaried areas to manage but no one person manages every boundaried area.

When a person is faithful to manage his or her boundaries with wisdom and diligent labors, a condition of fruitfulness or increase within the boundary is the result. Increase demands that the boundaries enlarge in order to accommodate the growth. God and other people alike award faithful boundary keepers. Potiphar, the head of the prison, and the Pharaoh all rewarded Joseph for his faithfulness. Jesus declared that a faithful and wise steward was a candidate to be made ruler over a whole household (Luke 12:42).

Reformation lens #2 - Boundary increase is often a direct corollary to faithful, diligent, and wise labors.

Whatever the size of the boundary, all persons are required to manage the boundary by the principles set forth in the scriptures. A young person might only be charged with managing the boundary of his or her body, mind, emotions, and close relationships. With growth and maturation, he or she will be given more over which to manage. A king or a ruler is often charged with management of a nation. Whether child or king, all must employ the knowledge of God and His eternal precepts when tending boundaries. King Nebuchadnezzar serves as an example of a king who learned to acknowledge the supremacy of God over the affairs of men and the kingdoms of men (Dan. 4:28-37)

Reformation lens #3 - In order to have sustained fruitfulness and increase, the boundary keeper must manage his or her boundaries in compliance with the eternal Word of God.

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As Reformers, we acknowledge that God has granted JB Pritzker the right and responsibility to manage the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. God grants boundaries, judges the manner in which a person manages those boundaries, and then blesses or disciplines that person based upon his or her observance of the will and Word of God. King Solomon felt the weight and responsibility of that governmental assignment and cried out to the Lord: "And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad ... And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing." (I Kings 3:7-10)

Patti Amsden

Contact: patti@pattiamsden.org



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