God set out His will for mankind the moment He created them (male and female). His will for all of us can be found in Genesis 1:28:
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The fifth will of God for our life is to have dominion. To have dominion means to rule or reign. Hence, we see that God wants us to reign in life. And though our reign was cut short when sin entered the world, we have been given another chance to reign through the finished work of Christ. Here is how Apostle Paul puts it:
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ – Romans 5:17
Going back to Genesis 1:28, we see that God never intended for man to reign over man. He (God) is meant to reign over man, and we are meant to reign over our environment. Hence, stepping over each other to make it to the top is not God’s will. It is a result of the fall of man!
Light-bulb moment: Man was made to rule over his environment, and not for his environment to rule over him.
That we are made to rule over our environment means that we do NOT have to be a product of our environment. It means we do not have to surrender fatalistically to our past, our upbringing, our culture, our experiences and relationships, or current popular fads. We do not have to conform to what our environment throws at us.
God has placed within us (through the Spirit) the ability to rule over all our situations, circumstance, and environment. Hence, to surrender to outwards things is only possible when we forget the truth that we are meant to reign in this life.
Light-bulb moment: The inner being was created to reign over the outward things
This being the case, we should not focus so much of our attention on outwards things. Since whatever we focus on the most is what we give power over to control us (our thoughts, our emotions, and actions), it is best to focus internally – on the Spirit of God’s words and direction. Only then will we be able to fulfill God’s purpose of reigning over our situations, circumstances, and environment.
Such people who are able to focus internally may be marveled upon for they seem to live in a parallel universe to those who are freaking out over the situation at hand. As believers, we should not be one of those who marvel.
Food for Thought: When I focus on who I am through whom has been deposited inside of me (the Spirit of God), I am able to live my purpose of reigning in life outwardly.