Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been created by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2
Whew! That’s a tough pill to swallow. Surrendering to the authority in our lives is extremely difficult, especially as adults. I often say, “I am so grown.” It’s a term that acknowledges that my childhood days are over. I have taken care of myself for a good amount of time and have encountered enough experiences to proclaim that I am a grown woman so respect me as such. But regardless of how grown we may be there will always be a governing authority over us. This individual could be a supervisor, law enforcer, or even the President. We all have someone that we report to. They have put in the work (for the most part) and have been placed into this position of power and must be respected.
“…It is necessary to submit to authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” Romans 13:5
Learning to respect authority, especially those we don’t agree deserve the role, can be quite a challenge. Even if we don’t feel that our supervisor is worthy of such a title, we must believe that God put them there for a reason; maybe to teach us humility, maybe to train them for the next stage of their life. Whatever the purpose may be, we must respect their position knowing that God knows what He is doing. He will reward our ability to humble ourselves and submit to the authority in our lives.
For us women, one of our toughest struggles is submitting to the man God brings to us. We all know that the bible says that wives are to submit to their husbands, but we find every excuse not to. We argue that the later portion of that scripture reads, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:22-23), and if he’s not going to church or exemplifying Christ or taking care of the home as the head should, then that call for submission no longer applies. But that’s not the way it works.
Think about it. God gives us a pretty concrete outline of how we must live. We are to love Him first and love our neighbors as ourselves. He gives us a perfect blueprint in His Son, Jesus but we still fall short and mess up daily. He should give up on us but instead He grants us new mercies each day. Every morning is a new opportunity to get it right this time. But He doesn’t expect us to. In His perfection, He loves us graciously in our sin and provides us chance after chance after chance. How much more should we, sinners, forgive the missteps of others and accept their flaws? Not to say that we should accept poor treatment, but we can certainly respect the authority God has positioned regardless of their qualifications.
Have you surrendered to authority? Have you hung up your opinion of those in charge of you and humbly accepted their position? Once you are able to do so God will mold you into your higher calling. You cannot lead before learning to follow. How much greater of a leader you will be after enduring bad leadership and choosing not to make common mistakes. Set aside your pride and sit on your ego. He blesses those who are quicker to listen and hear from Him. Although a person may deem unqualified for the position, it was God who placed them there building your character along the way.
-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative