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Sorry to Break It to You, But . . .

Have you ever seen the movie Aladdin? Here’s a short clip where Genie reveals to Aladdin that Aladdin is Genie’s master, and Genie’s job is to grant Aladdin any three wishes he wants.

Can you imagine?! Having a genie that would grant you any three wishes? How amazing would that be? I’ll take . . .

God’s Not Your Personal Genie

Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, but unlike Aladdin, you’re not “the king, the boss, the shah.”

God doesn’t exist to grant your wishes . . . you exist to carry out His.

And God is not your ma’tre d’ or your personal genie.

Actually, it’s quite the other way around.

God is “the king, the boss, the shah.”

And you’re His servant.

In Revelation 19:16, we’re told that Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” It doesn’t get any higher than that. Jesus is the greatest. The highest. The bestest. (Sorry, I know that’s not a word, but I just had to.) As the King of kings, He deserves our respect, our obedience, our honor, and our celebration.

Fact is, God doesn’t exist to grant your wishes . . . you exist to carry out His.

History = His story

Even your life story is His story of rescue and redemption.

Your life is not about you but about God.

We exist for God; He doesn’t exist for us. It even says so in 1 Corinthians 8:6:

Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

God doesn’t need us; we need God.

We forget this, though, all the time. And instead of remembering that He created us, that He’s our Master and we’re His servants, we shake our fists at God when He doesn’t fulfill our plans like Genie would.

Do you relate, or is it just me? Have you ever wished God was a little more like Genie? Now that you know the truth, though, will you begin to live for and serve this wise and loving King? Or will you continue to insist on living like you’re “the king, the boss, the shah”?

Oh, the depth of the riches;and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and how inscrutable his ways!

For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him ;that he might be repaid?

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Rom. 11:33–36, emphasis added).

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About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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