HONORING AUTHORITY

November 15, 2017

EPHESIANS 6:1-9

HONORING AUTHORITY

 

“Clean your room.”

“Ok.” (10 minutes later)

 

“Did you clean your room?”

“I will” (10 minutes later)

 

“CLEAN YOUR ROOM!”

“I SAID I WILL DO IT!” (Grounded)

 

Some of you are living in this reality now and some us have moved past this but have been given a nice reminder of what life use to be like. Whether you are living in this current situation now or have been years removed from living under your parent’s roof, the principle of what is required from us is the same, to honor authority. The authority figures in our lives can range from parents, teachers, bosses, police, and government but wherever you go there will be an established person in charge that you will have to answer to.

 

Let’s face it, we live in a culture that promotes your wants not your needs and empowers you to do whatever is that you like and not submit to authority but rebel against it. Authority figures by no means are perfect but a less than perfect authority does not give us the excuse to be dishonorable. This however doesn’t mean we follow blindly to authority but we must in respect keep them accountable to do what is right and if ultimately they come against the LORD, to honor the supreme authority that is God!

 

As christians, we must come to the realization that we are held to a higher standard of living because we are to represent Christ well and the fact remains that we are to not let someone else's lack of honor or respectability determine our level of giving it. When we choose to dishonor in the midst of dishonor, we are not rising above the waves but only sinking beneath it and effectively drowning all possibility of positive change.

 

Today ask yourself how you can honor and respect the authorities in you life as an act of worship unto the LORD and do it because thinking about it is only the first step!

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  1. Honoring our parents

    1. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘That it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

      • I’ve come to realize that you can gauge how emotionally mature you are when you deal with your parents. I have seen adults become like children again by throwing fits of anger when dealing with their parents and I realize that in myself too that my emotional maturity dips hard in the midst of nagging parents. Not only is honoring parents practical but it is the first realm where you’re faced with authority figures constantly and is the perfect place to practice it for when we fail to learn how to honor their authority, we will hinder our ability to honor the ones that come after. Paul states that to obey the parents is the first commandment that has a promise and what is that promise but long life and living in the land as he quotes the Old Testament. Do you live long because you get beat less? No. As I sat with this I realized that a culture of honor develops into a culture that attracts blessing and thus when you wish for your house to go well, obedience to parents in love is crucial! Dishonor only hardens hearts and grow bitter hearts to those who practice it!

  2. Honoring our masters (bosses)

    1. “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord.”

      • We will one day graduate to have bosses in our lives and our hope is that we learned how to honor our parents so that we can transfer that culture of honor into our workplaces and teachers if you are not there yet. I know that there are days where it is tough to honor people but when we fail to honor authority we will reap that dishonor in return when we become the authority figures in our lives! I’ve come to realize in practice and leading that when we choose to dishonor our authority figures that without fail the people we end up leading begin to dishonor us as well. Now this doesn’t mean that perfect honor will always bring forth perfect obedience when we are in charge but our disobedience surely doesn’t develop an atmosphere that attracts its opposite. To honor people as a service to the Lord is going to bring a blessing to you from the Lord. Your earthly masters (bosses/teachers) may not return the favor and bless you back but best believe that God will see that and bless you for it.  An example of honoring people is of course Jesus. Jesus as an act of obedience to God the Father blessed the people by dying for people that dishonored Him but God honored Him by giving Him the name above all names and sitting Him at His right hand of glory.

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