Hebrews 13:17

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

It can be hard to submit to those in authority over you. Maybe you have a boss that doesn’t treat you well, or maybe you think a police officer wrongly pulled you over, or your parents don’t love you like they should, or maybe submitting to the authority of the government makes your palms sweaty. But even Jesus had to deal with authority. When the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with a question about giving money to Caesar, he replied, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:17)

We may not always agree with our leaders and those in authority over us, but Jesus tells us to obey anyway. This doesn’t mean you should obey them if they tell you to do something morally wrong or against God. Just look at Daniel. He was thrown into the lion’s den because he wouldn’t bow down to the king. Leaders will answer someday for the decisions they made; it is not for us to decide. And if we can’t submit to authority here on earth how much harder will it be to submit to our king in heaven? If we call ourselves followers of Jesus then we must follow his example and submit to authority, and not do it begrudgingly but with joy, because we are doing the will of our heavenly Father.

QUESTION 1. How do you submit to those in authority or leadership over you?
QUESTION 2. How has your experience with poor leadership in the past shaped your present view of leadership? Is there pain that you should hand over to God?
CHALLENGE: Submit to those that God has put in leadership over you, and do so with joy knowing that you are serving Jesus who has set an example for you.
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