Today I want to talk about one thing that all of humanity struggles with in every generation, but especially the millennial generation. Something we all try to get out from under, but never will.
Authority…. Fun stuff you guys, fun stuff.
Our least favorite thing! Yet the most necessary! I don’t know about you, but if someone always orders me to do things for them, I don’t always feel naturally inclined to obey. My heart tells me that they’re tyrannical and only see me as a means to an end.
Fun Fact! I have the same struggles as everyone else on the planet.
1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV- “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.“
God gave us authority for a reason, even if it cramps our style. Who came up with that phrase?
Everyone on this earth has authority. You have your parents. Your parents have their bosses at work. The bosses have the IRS. The IRS has the law. The law was put into place by the government. The government has the President. The President has his Cabinet, Congress, and Complainers (We the People).
Even if you became the dictator of the whole world, you can’t escape the fact that GOD is the ultimate authority over all of His creation. And He created you and me.
Authority is biblical, as well as inescapable.
Romans 13:1 KJV – “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Mwahahahahahahahaaaa! No, for real, you can’t avoid it. But I have 3 reasons why you should embrace it!
1. God gave us authority for our convenience.
Wait what??? Convenience!?
Maybe I’m grasping at straws, but hear me out. If you were in charge of everything in your life, things would get super stressful! “With great power, comes great responsibility”, right? Quit trying to be Superman and start embracing the convenient side of having authority.
Breaking News! You don’t have to be in charge of everything!
The people who are in authority over you will answer to God one day about how they used that authority, good and bad.
Hebrews 13:17 KJV- “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
Some of you still think I’m crazy for saying that authority is convenient… But if you can’t get rid of authority, you might as well find a reason to be grateful for it!
2. God gave us authority for our instruction.
This one is more obvious than the first reason.
Breaking News! You don’t know everything and neither do I!
I know this is a hard one to grasp, but we’re given authority, by God, to teach us, guide us, and correct us. Sometimes this isn’t fun, I’m well aware. But more often then not, the stuff we learn from our authority is actually useful to us!
Think about just 3 positive things you learned from your parents. Even if your parents were the scum of the earth, you still learned SOMETHING from them right?
God gave you parents, teachers, bosses, and even coworkers to teach you things. Have you been learning from them?
If you can’t get rid of authority, you might as well learn something that will benefit your future.
Proverbs 9:9 KJV- “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
And last but not least…
3. God gave us authority for our protection.
Breaking News! If you didn’t have authority, you’d probably be dead!
Yup! Your life depends on authority! Not what you wanted to hear, huh?
Well it’s true, and I’m not in the business of lying to you to keep you comfortable. That’s liberal America’s job. *wink wink*
God gave us authority in our lives to protect us. Sometimes from ourselves! God promises us a longer life just for obeying our parents.
Ephesians 6:1 KJV – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
If your parents let you do whatever you wanted, you’d most likely end up in some bad places and situations with “friends” that are inspiring you to do wrong.
FACT- If your friends ask you to do wrong, they aren’t really your friends….
Parents were designed for our protection. They’re like a big umbrella that shelters us from the storms of the world that seek to destroy us. If you feel “sheltered” count yourself lucky that your parents care enough about you to try and protect you from unnecessary pain. They can’t protect you from everything in your life, but while your under their authority, enjoy the umbrella before you get struck by metaphorical lightning!
No matter how much we deny it, we need them to survive. So if you’re a teenager, go hug your mom and dad, and tell them, “Hey thanks, mom and dad, for keeping me alive thus far!”
Since you can’t choose your parents, you might as well look for some reasons to be grateful for them! They could use some appreciation every now and then! 😉
So what’s the lesson we glean from this? God gave us authority for our convenience (some of you are still questioning that one!), our instruction, and our protection.
Next time you wish you had no authority, think again. God’s will is always the best place for us to be. If you can’t get out from under authority, might as well find a reason to be grateful for it!
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