When we are promoted in life, there are all types of challenges and temptations that come our way. Whether we are talking about being promoted on our job, in our social circle, or even in the church, there will always be threats to our continued success. So today, I want to share with you three challenges that come with being promoted.
- We can be tempted to abuse our position! Over the years I have discovered that everyone cannot handle promotion. In fact, some people allow their promotion to go to their head. They can become so arrogant and egotistical, acting as if they are better than others. And yet Jesus warns us in Mark 10:42-43, “Jesus called them together and said, you know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. (43)Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Always remember, when God blesses you with promotion, you should strive to meet the needs of your team, not try to lord over them.
- We can be enticed to misuse our authority! Abuse of power can be loosely defined as taking advantage of others, because of your ability to punish them, if they do not comply. When you are a self-centered person who doesn’t care much about the people you lead or the assignment you have been given, it can be so easy to manipulate and misuse people. I like what God says in Genesis 12:2 about the people he intends to promote, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Did you hear that? God blesses us to be a blessing to others. We should use our promotions in life to help others, not to take advantage or misuse them.
- We can be drawn away from our integrity! When you are in charge, there is always the temptation of feeling like the rules apply to everyone, but you. The more freedom you have in decision making, the easier it becomes to drift off course. The Bible gives us some good advice in Psalm 119:9, “How can a young man keep his way pure, by living according to your word.” I want to encourage you to live your life by the principles of God’s word. In doing so, your integrity will remain intact and you will set a good example for others to follow.
Yes, with every promotion in life comes its fair share of challenges and temptations. But if you resist the urge to abuse your position, misuse your authority, and/or be drawn away from your integrity, you can be assured that promotion will be a benefit to you, and it will be a benefit to others.