Julius Ceasar, relishing his victories, boasted, "Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)."
Alexander the great built a great empire, claimed to be the largest in the ancient world. Historians wrote that he never lost a battle and was one of the greatest commanders of all time. At one point, he was said to have sulked and said, "What else is there to do? There's nothing more to conquer."
How many supposedly great men boasted of power so great that they controlled nations and wallowed in untold riches and influence?
But these supposedly great men are history---their exploits captured in books now gathering dust in libraries and museums. Thanks to internet technology and Hollywood exploiting their lives for mores riches, we can still learn a lesson or two from their lives---maybe lessons on arrogance and pride being futile, and ambition being a source of grief and emptiness rather than happiness.
I'd rather learn from someone who's been there, is here right now, and will be there forever. He's as relevant---and current and into it and in your face---as you could ask for.
Revelations 1:8: "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty."
The Beginning and the End is the Cause and Effect is the First and the Last is the Eternal God who reigns.
Ambitious men's futile attempts---at conquering, annexing, owning, controlling, subjugating others, proving they're macho---are just a drop in the bucket compared to the one who holds everything and every situation in the palm of His mighty hand.
His is the most trustworthy name, ever! When Moses---reluctant to break God's message to the Israelites---asked God what he needed to tell them, He said, "I Am Who I Am... 'I Am' has sent me to you!"
Jesus revealed, "I Am!" (Mark 14:62)
God sent his Son, Jesus the I Am, to a world used to trusting in man's ways. He offered himself as the alternative to our Juan-made solutions.
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega who made it possible for man to know the mind of God. The apostle Paul wrote: “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Trusting this clump of dust (myself) is really a no-brainer. When this body dies and it blends with the earth it was taken from, it will be the same lifeless and useless dust it used to be---like a worthless plastic case thrown into a bin. And I trusted that!? Apart from God's spirit, we really are just dirt!
So the earlier we realize that; and the earlier we get ourselves right with the God who breathed His Spirit in us, the earlier we can come to grips that life is directionless without Jesus.
Trust Christ to direct your life. His is the only trustworthy agenda. His is the only trustworhy purpose. Because His is the name above all names.
And He has our beginning and end covered!