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.
Hebrews 13:17, ESV
When I think of submission and authority, I often think firstly of two things: a bathroom scale and stoplights. I know this is probably not what you expected.
In life, we all know the importance of healthy eating, proper exercise, and taking care of our bodies. The bathroom scale becomes are check and balance to help identify lack in these areas. The scale is our rude, potentially great awakening, to the truth of our current eating habits.
The wonderful stoplight at the intersection you always have to drive through to get to work, that inevitably is the longest stoplight in the city is another example of checks and balances. When submitted to the authority that stoplight brings in your life, you find safety and peace knowing first that you will not be involved in an accident running the red light or being stopped by the local, friendly police officer with a special gift. This wonderful device brings flow and order to the madness of travel.
Leadership is more than being a lone ranger and finally not having to submit to authority. I love the occasion in the Bible of the Centurion that approached Jesus to come heal his servant. He recognized the authority on Christ’s life because he himself was submitted to authority.
Being willing and open to submit to and honor authority releases the authority of the one you are submitted to in your life. Christ was submitted to His father and as a result, He carried the blessing and anointing of His Father. There’s protection and safety when you move under authority. One of the other things shown by authority in this passage of Scripture in Matthew 8 is the wholeness that comes from submission to authority. Being submitted to another person who can help guide you through the areas of growth in your life provides healing, growth, and freedom.
There’s so much that can be said about the power of honoring and submitting to authority. I’ll wrap up this thought on submission with Hebrews 13:17–honoring the authority God has placed in your life will be advantageous to your continued growth as a leader. One of the great verses of the Bible–what you sow, you will also…..REAP. As a leader, we are required to lead by example in submitting to those who are in authority over us. Your submission to those over you will teach your followers the power of submission.
What aspect of your life is God bringing into submission to His authority? Who has God placed in your life as a spiritual leader to bring God’s healing and wholeness to fruition in your life?
Trust God today as you grow in leadership to continue to submit to those in leadership in your life.