Lately I’ve been struggling to come under authority. Like most of us I’ve had people in authority over me abuse that authority. This along with my human nature has made it very difficult to come under authority, especially if I feel that someone is trying to belittle me or stop me from doing something that I feel God has laid on my heart. This struggle has led me to delve into what God says about coming under authority.
Romans 13:1-3 “1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.”
This makes it very clear that God expects us to respect the authority He’s placed over us. Knowing this doesn’t make it any easier for me, but He has taught me that following His will is rarely easy. We are told in Romans 8:5 “Those who live according to the fresh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” We are also told in Galatians 5:16 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
This gives me hope because when we accept Jesus as our Savior we are given the Holy Spirit. We get to choose to live by the Spirit and not the flesh. Easier said than done, but thankfully we don’t have to do this by our own power. The more we choose to walk by the Spirit the easier it is to deny our flesh.
Another thing I know is that God will not allow anyone or anything to stop what He has asked me to do. James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. When we humble ourselves under the authority He has placed over us, we are humbly ourselves under the Lord. The key is to trust God and His timing. When I stop and remember this it makes it easier not to get frustrated with those around me.
Praying for those in authority also helps. I find that when I stop and pray before I react He sometimes changes their heart but most times He changes mine. The key is to remember to pray before I allow my mouth to get me into trouble.
One more thing I am working on is remembering it’s not all about me and being able to agree to disagree with those I’m working with. We were all created with unique personalities and we are not always going to agree with those around us. Fighting to be right at all costs usually causes more problems than it solves. We may just be surprised at what we can learn when we keep ourselves open to others thoughts.
This is just a brief overview of this subject. I think I could write a book on the subject of coming under authority. There are so many aspects and areas where we deal with authority.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject with me.