Years ago, I knew a guy who quit his job because they asked him to sweep the floors.
His family had no food, and they couldn’t afford groceries, but he quit his job because he thought he was too good to sweep the floor.
Why is that a big deal?
My answer isn’t going to be popular, but here goes:
God speaks through the authorities in your life.
That includes your boss.
The guy who refused to sweep floors wasn’t submitted to his boss or any of the authorities in his life.
Matthew 8:5-8 gives us a great reference point.
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard what the centurion soldier said, He was astonished. He said He had not seen such great faith in all of Israel. Verse 13 tells us what happened next:
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
The centurion got it. He understood authority. He understood how kingdoms operate. To the centurion, Jesus was a superior. He was submitted to the authorities in his life.
How about you?
Are you submitted to the authorities in your life?
Because here’s the thing…
If you won’t submit yourself to authority, you can’t be trusted with authority.
You disqualify yourself from God’s destiny for your life.
We live in a culture that seems bent on destroying honor, authority, and integrity. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been in at least one situation where they heard someone complaining about their boss, laughing off an unpaid parking ticket, backtalking a parent … but what did you think when it happened? Did you shrug it off as normal? Or did you recognize that it wasn’t right?
See, God leads us through the authorities in our lives, but you can’t receive from anyone you don’t honor.
That’s why the enemy is constantly trying to tear down authority figures.
The culture tells us that we get to judge whether or not a person is worthy of honor and respect, but the Bible says there is no authority except that which God has established.
What does that mean? It means we don’t get to choose. We are to honor and respect those in authority whether we like them or not and whether we agree with them or not.
No example shows us this better than that of David and Saul. Remember that Saul wanted David dead. Yet we read that when David had an opportunity to kill Saul, he was conscience stricken. Yes, he knew that Saul was trying to kill him, but he also knew that Saul was God’s anointed. He still respected the position and the authority. David knew it wasn’t his place to deal with Saul – it was God’s place.
Not one of us is outside of authority, and how you relate to the authorities God has placed over you speaks volumes about your character and your future.
Don’t help Satan discredit your employer, your pastor, your spouse, a government official, or any other authority in your life. Instead, humble yourself and give them the honor and respect that is due them not because of who they are but because Jesus is your Lord.
Pray for those that have authority over you – leadership is a lot harder than you think it is. And realize that as you humble yourself to an authority, you are saying yes to what God has for your life.
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