July 23, 2020
A Major Problem in Our Society
Colossians 1:18 (KJB) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
You see, many people start on the wrong foot by repeatedly disregarding the presence and authority of God. This continual ignorance towards God leads lost hearts to live a life that naturally falls far from relinquishing self to serve and savor God humbly. Instead, many choose to highlight their own needs and desires, rather than submitting to God, in this “me, myself, and I” kind of society.
The truth is that sincere submission to God is not wrapped up in us, our heritage, in our hurt feelings, wounded emotions, nor is it found in pushing our agenda or firmly held desires. Submission to God, along with proper earthly authority, always begins with recognizing God. A God-based priority to life, both in the church and among society, places God at the helm of life.
In a nutshell, when you submit to God, as willingly did Jesus Christ, every other thing falls into place. Yes, When a person humbles him or herself to the authority of God, only then can he or she can comprehend and duly subject oneself to conventional authority figures at work in this world. Which by the way, God has placed or allowed to be placed in a position of authority in this world.
Take, for example, this brief list of familiar earthly authority figures: Spouses, parents, teachers, police officers, judges, bosses, coaches, and yes, even the President of the United States.
How often is it more pleasing, palatable, and also socially acceptable, especially for lost hearts, to stand in opposition to such common authority figures than it is to submit to and follow their administration and direction?
For most of us, obedience issues affect us way more often than any of us like to admit. Choosing to not submit to authority is, first of all, a heart problem (Proverbs 4:23). Each of us should begin with God and allow Him to direct our steps in living and to deal with others in this world(Proverbs 3:5-6).
Failing to yield to the just leadership of authority affects every relationship and issue of life. Quite crying tears of “I want to…” and instead cry out to God for His direction and purposes in this life.
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