Learn To Respect Authority

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Col 3:23)

Can you imagine a nation without a leader, a workplace without a boss, or an army without a general? It would be chaotic. Structure creates order; without it no progress can be made. That’s why you don’t park your car in the bedroom or sleep in the garage.

authorityLearn to respect those in authority over you. Honor those who have lived longer than you because they possess a wealth of knowledge. Listen to them and grow. Until you learn to take orders you will never be qualified to give them. Jesus understood this. He was the Son of God. He knew more than any other human being, yet he honored the authority of the government in power. When the Pharisees asked Him His opinion on paying taxes he answered, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mk 12:17).

Are you speaking words of doubt about your own organization? Are you belittling those in authority over you? Stop it now! True they are not perfect. (Perhaps that’s why they can tolerate you) If you rebel against every instruction you are given, don’t complain when those around you rebel against your words and opinions. The law of reciprocity states that if you want to be treated with respect, you must respect others. That includes those you don’t agree with, or even like. Jesus did. Pray this prayer: “Father, I know that respect for authority is taught in your Word. So remind me today that my success depends upon my attitude towards those you’ve placed in leadership over me. As I honor them, I believe you will honor me.”

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