Obeying Those in Authority

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

Often times our teachers, parents, or other people in authority over us, will ask us to do things such as clean our rooms, finish our chores, or to whisper as we walk through the halls. However, we may not want to do these things because we find them to be time consuming, boring, or we might be busy doing something else. When we are faced with this problem we might think, “Should we obey those in authority and do what they say? And if so, why?” We should obey those in authority because God gave them that authority for a reason. And because by obeying our authorities all the way, right away, every day, without complaining, we are not only blessing them, but God.

Hebrews 13:17 (NIV) says, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” This verse is telling us that we should trust our leaders and obey them because they were put in charge of us by God, and are responsible for our safety. It is also saying that by obeying instead of disobeying, we are being a joy to them instead of a burden. Since God appoints people as authorities over us, to go against their authority is to go against God’s will.

God appoints many different kinds of authorities over us. Teachers, parents, and pastors are all good examples of people who have been given authority by God. Can you think of any others? These people are responsible for our well-being, and have our best interests at heart. They are often wiser than we are and can therefore guide, teach, and correct us, keeping us from making foolish mistakes. Everyone has someone in authority over them, even kings, queens, and presidents. For God has authority over all of creation.

If our parents tell us to clean our room and we do it while grumbling and complaining, or we don’t obey right away, we are not fully obeying them. Philippians 2:14 (NIV) says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” When we obey right away with a positive attitude, we are being respectful and are not focusing on the punishment we might receive if we disobey, but rather on pleasing and honoring our authorities. This was one of the points Jesus made in His parable in Mathew 21:28-30 (NASB): “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came first and said, ‘Son go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but afterward he regretted it and he went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go.” Which one of the two sons did you think obeyed the father?

Everyone and everything is subject to some authority. We should trust and obey those who were put in authority over us because they were appointed by God to guide us, and are responsible for our well-being. To disobey these authorities is to disobey God. Therefore, I challenge you to obey your authorities all the way, right away, every day, without complaining. If you do this you will not only be blessing them, but you will also be blessing God.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Brandon, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).