Authority

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

Hebrews 13:17

2nd November 2018

Lets spend some time thinking about authorities, where are they and why?

This is a touchy subject I think because rubs up against our humanness of wanting to be free to do what we want to do.

 

Lets first give reverence to our Father in Heaven, who has all authority.

 

We have a loving and caring Father in Heaven, to whom we belong. He made us for himself ( col 1:16 ). He also gave us free will, that we can choose to be with our Father, or not. He could have made us or forced us or given us no option, but He didn't, because He LOVES us. God in Heaven is THE wonderful and PERFECT Father. His love goes before us, and surrounds us.

 

Fathers in Families.

 

We are our Father in Heaven's children. He made us, and He takes care of us if we will allow him to.

 

Similarly, earthly Fathers try to provide and protect their families and their children. Their main job is to teach their children about how to live life, what is right and wrong, to guide and encourage them. To be a good example of what they are teaching. To support their children and equip them to be good mothers and fathers when they have their own families. In a similar way, this is what our Heavenly Father shows us through His bible, His guide for life on earth. Jesus came to earth to model grace and mercy, and how to live with one another in kindness and love. It is also what our Father sent the Holy spirit to each of us for, to be our guide and help us to see and understand things that cannot be seen in normal human form.

 

Fathers of families try to emulate what their Father in Heaven shows us, and be like Him, though obviously we are very broken, so we are only a faint reflection of what we see our Father in Heaven showing us.

 

Fathers are responsible for their families, so are the authority in their family. This is definitely a prickly subject, because I think it is so miss understood....

 

Husbands and wives

In our society today, this is such a controversial subject, with some of the best known bible verses and the least known bible verses related to it.

 

 

There is the very well know verse:

Ephesians 5:23-24: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

 

Out of context, you can see this is a bitter pill to swallow, but here is the context verse which is hardly ever quoted:

 

Ephesians 5: 25, 28, 29: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy ….
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body

 

The way I see this is, Husbands must look after their wives the same way Jesus looks after each of us. With such love and compassion, grace mercy, hopes and dreams for his princess. Husbands should be their wives biggest supporter, enabler, friend, encourager, and want the absolute best for her, even though it costs him to do that. It cost Jesus everything to save His bride, Husband should treat their wives the same way. I wish I could be more like Jesus in this respect.

 

Authority should be love in action!

 

Church leaders

I think this is another area of authority we all take for granted. The bible clearly tells us in Church, our leaders have authority over us.

As Hebrews 13:17 clearly states:

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

 

We are fortunate to have great Church leaders at Mount Zion, but we must respect their authority and position. We must remember that they are accountable to our Father for each of us and we know our Leaders want the best for us. They really do try and we should respect and honour that. We should also remember that they are human and broken like we are, so we should be as graceful and loving towards them as they are towards us. We need to respect their wishes and plans. They have the authority. Our job is to pray for our leaders, and support them the best way we can.

 

Lets take a moment to thank our Father for our leaders, and pray for each of them now, both personally and in their position as leaders.

Authority in the wider picture

 

As we look at the wider picture, we are moving into realms that have more influence from satan, and we need to bear this in mind.

 

If we look at the police force, who are given the authority of enforcing the laws of our land, which is no easy task. My dad spent many years as a bobby on the streets trying to help keep law and order and help where he could. We should remember them in our prayers, asking for protection from the devils schemes and for them to be fair and graceful in the way they go about their work.

 

We should continually remember to pray for our government, that they hear our Fathers voice, his directions, and for them to remember why they wanted to be a member of parliament originally. This is a mighty hard job, and they each certainly needs the help of our Father and the Holy spirit to guide them each day.

Lets pray each day for the country we want to live in. Whilst a lot of things are out of our control, prayer certainly isn't, but yet has the biggest impact! We need to pray for our Fathers will to be done in our country. We need to pray for each member of parliament, and local government personally and professionally.

 

Lets spend some time thinking about the different authorities in our lives, who we are accountable to and who we should respect and support the position that they are in.

 

Lets also spend some time reflecting on those situations where we have the authority, thinking about how we use it, and how we would feel if we were on the receiving end of our own authority. Lets pray for guidance, wisdom, patients and grace to be outstanding in areas where our decisions affect others.

 

Lets finish in prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you that you are our Authority and you treat us well and fairly, full of grace and love. Lord please will you help us to treat those around us you have given authority to with that same love and compassion and grace you give to each of us. Lord please help us to respect those in authority over us, and please will you help us to help them in their positions and work, and especially help us to remember that they are your children too, full of hopes and dreams, hurts and fears and the same broken-ness we all have. Help us especially when we don't agree with them, but know they are doing the right thing for the right reasons as long as this is in line with your will and your word.

We pray in your precious name Lord Jesus, our saviour, Amen.