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Respect The Position

In Authority, Under Authority  

 

Growing up it was never a question about who had authority in my mother's absence. My mother made it plain and clear to us that we had to do whatever my eldest sister said because she was in charge. For many years, we were more frightened of my sister's wrath than my mother's. You know, this respect for the position of authority was so entrenched in us that when my mother made her tlone ranger tontoransition from this life, we all looked to my eldest sister for guidance. In essence, it was a natural progression that authority had passed to her in my mother's absence.

 

In Matthew 8, the centurion soldier professes his understanding of not only being in authority, but also being under authority as well. So much so, he recognized and respected Jesus' authority. You see, you will never be an effective leader if you have not mastered being an effective follower. You may desire to be Lone Ranger, but you can never be Lone Ranger until you have mastered being Tonto.

 

A true authority figure is able to submit to other's authority. You aren't always trying to find some loophole to circumvent authority for your own gain. We knew that if we tried to circumvent my sister's authority we had to answer to my mother. You see, my mother had given my sister full authority over us. In essence, whatever my sister said or did she was operating in the delegated authority that had been given to her by my mother.

 

Delegated authority is the same as the lead person themselves giving you instruction, guidance and correction. You have to ask yourself, if the head person required something of you would you do it? If the answer is yes, then you must do the same for the person that has been given delegated authority.

 

You may not respect the person, but you have to respect the position. Disrespecting the position of authority is an obvious indication that there are some things you have to work out within yourself. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer displayed a total disrespect for the position of President of the United States when she arrogantly shook her finger in President Barack Obama's face for all the world to see. What a display of undermining not only the authority of President Obama, but our country as well.

 

How in the world do you expect to have someone submit to your authority if you have problems submitting to and respecting others? Whatever you put out there is what is going to be returned to you.

 

Growing up one of my pet peeves was that I felt adults, especially those in authority, should adhere to my rules of authority. If they did not do as they told me to do I definitely would let them know it. I was out of order. True, they may not have done everything the way I felt they should have done, but it was not my place to correct them.

 

My mother taught me something that I find to be the best way to work with those in authority who may appear to be out of order. She told me that you cannot do anything to change the head, but you can go to the head's head. That is God.  

 

Along the way this clicked with me. You know it works. In the process, I remain in good standing with God as David did with Saul who was trying to kill him. David never went against Saul because he respected the position and the anointing that went with that position. He turned Saul over to his head--God.

 

This respect for position is the same regardless if it is a family member as with my sister, someone on your job, a teacher or someone in the household of faith. Each of us has a responsibility to respect authority, even delegated authority. It is in this respect where great faith, promotion and blessings dwell.

 


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For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. Matt 8:9 (KJV)

 

When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. Luke 7:9-10 (KJV)

 

Obey your leaders, and accept their authority. They take care of you because they are responsible for you. Obey them so that they may do this work joyfully and not complain about you. (Causing them to complain would not be to your advantage.) Heb 13:17 (GW)

 

Servants, in all things do the orders of your natural masters; not only when their eyes are on you, as pleasers of men, but with all your heart, fearing the Lord: 23 Whatever you do, do it readily, as to the Lord and not to men; Col 3:22-23 (BBE)

 

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. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Romans 13:1-2 (KJV)

 

Do not say sharp words to one who has authority in the church, but let your talk be as to a father, and to the younger men as to brothers: To the older women as to mothers, to the younger as to sisters, with a clean heart. 1 Tim 5:1-2 (BBE)

 

With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? Num 12:8 (KJV)

 

David asked, "Why weren't you afraid to take it upon yourself to destroy the Lord's anointed king?" 2 Sam 1:14 (GW)

 

 

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Sometimes I may not always agree with the instructions that may be given or the actions of those in authority, but help me to respect the position of authority. Bridle my tongue and actions so I can be blameless in coming against those You have placed in authority. Teach me how to bring myself under submission as I am in authority and under authority. Bless me to be an example of humility to authority as I desire those who are under me to submit to my authority. 

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The Showers Group Ministries' mission is to shower the world with the rich life transforming blessings of the Word of God; thus empowering people to live an abundant victorious passion-driven life in Christ Jesus through the anointing and enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

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