In Christ’s Name to you all on this Thursday, October 19, 2017,
The Beauty Of Being Under Authority
A child gets to the cash register with their mother and sends out a siren scream throughout the grocery store because she says no to the candy that tempts them. A student disrespectfully crosses the line with their teacher and considers it an infringement of their right to self-expression and free speech when disciplined. An employee justifies their time spent on “personal” causes while on company time. Wearing a team uniform under contract, the players decide to publically display their social actions to the world. What do all these have in common? All of them demonstrate unequivocally the disregard of authority. How desperately we ALL need “to be under authority.”
In our Lord God’s Fourth Commandment He states, “Honor your father and your mother.” Martins Luther goes onto explain, “We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents AND OTHER AUTHORITIES, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.” Our respectful position includes submissiveness to other authorities in: the government, the church, law enforcement, our boss. When I wear a uniform; when I am “on the clock” I am under authority; no longer do I get to decide my actions but must submit in respect to the authority of those who are over me unless they demand an action outside of God’s Word.
Christ Jesus, the Son of God, equal with the Father and the Spirit, submitted Himself under God’s authority to become human, to give up all His glorious, Heavenly rights to become a baby—to do what???…..to die and save sinful you and me from sin, death, and the power of Satan. I’m eternally thankful He did.
‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work’…..’I tell you the Truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does.’ John 4: 34; 5: 19-20
• Lord of all—of Heaven and Earth, lead me in Your submission to those who You’ve placed over me in authority. Keep me from demanding my rights, but instead with a thankful and grateful heart give all I can for the good of those who are over me and to those I serve. I know when I do so under Your Will, Your blessing does come, it does. Yes, keep me from being “the sheriff” of my own life and demanding that which is not rightfully mine to have. Lead me to look Holy Spirit to Jesus, “who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2: 6-8) Lord Jesus for this—yes this, I am eternally thankful. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
• Lord Jesus, You filled my greatest need—forgiveness of my sins and the assurance of eternal life with You. Lead me to tell others today that You did that for them also. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
In submission to our Lord God. RCC