Respecting Authority

10/8/15 Hebrews 13:17

Key Verse– “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Some of you who know me well know that I have always had a problem with respecting authority. In fact, MOST of you know this about me. I seem to have always had a rebellious streak. I don’t exactly know where it came from, but I’m going to refer y’all to my Mama. That wonderful woman seemed to always march to a different drummer!

I have learned, mainly through painful experience, that refusing to submit to lawful authority is not the best of ideas. Of all the different authorities under which my life has been lived, refusing to submit to God’s authority has cost me the most. And that refusal still goes on. I gave my life to Christ last year, but I am only recently learning that I set conditions on that action. I still wanted to be in charge, I still wanted to make the decisions, and I wanted God to stay in the background until I truly thought I needed him. What I didn’t realize, though, is that I ALWAYS need him and his authority.
Since starting at Fruitland, this has become more and more evident to me. I never truly surrendered all my life to him. I am endeavoring, however, to make this happen. But it’s tough. It’s tough for all of us to give over the reins to another authority. But as Paul writes, God, my pastor and my professors are keeping watch over my soul. It’s time to surrender this. Lord knows I have enough to worry about, what with classes and memorizations and note-taking… I should be happy that someone else is willing to watch out for me!

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