19-The Disciple In Subjection

Day 19: The Disciple in Subjection to Leaders and Authorities!

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: 1 Corinthians 16:13-18

Assignment: Write a letter of encouragement to your mentor or anyone who spiritually leads and encourages you, expressing your thankfulness for their love and service.

Lesson to Learn: The Christian must have a heart that is willing to be in subjection to those who spiritually lead them in the ways of the Lord. This pleases the Lord and causes one to grow spiritually.

There seems to be no more controversial an issue in religious circles today than the one concerning Christians being is subjection to spiritual leaders. We live in an independent age, where people pride themselves on their self-sufficiency. For many, subjection is a sign of weakness or inadequacy. This is not a spiritual mindset at all. Jesus had to learn to be in subjection to the authorities in His life, and so must we. God designed salvation to be found through the help of other humans (see Romans 10:14-15). This was so no man would be prideful and independent. Jesus expects His disciples to be in subjection to the authorities in their life! In this lesson we will examine the need we have to be in subjection in order that we will grow spiritually and that we would please God.

1. Romans 13:1-7 ­– Disciples must be in subjection to the governing authorities. Not just the governments that are democratic, but as was the case when Paul wrote this, even if they are harsh and unjust (see 1 Peter 2:13-18). We must pay our taxes and in every way be model citizens. This was the example that Jesus gave us. Do you view governments as ordained by God?

2. 1 Corinthians 16:13-18 – Paul expected Christians to be in subjection to those people who worked hard at serving the saints. Their lives were proof of the fact that they poured themselves out for the church. Therefore, it was only right that they accept their leadership and be in subjection to them.

3. Hebrews 13:17 – God commands us to obey our spiritual leaders! God will hold people who lead in the church accountable for those whom they lead. We must never make their leadership a burden. The verse states that if you make their work a burden, this would be of no advantage to you. God will judge us for this. A Christian cannot grow spiritually if he is unwilling to learn the secret of being in subjection. His pride will ensure that God will oppose him (see James 4:6). If he, in humility, accepts the authorities in his life, then God will bless him.

Christians must be in subjection to governments, as well as the leaders of God’s church. God will never bless us if we are in rebellion to authorities. When we rebel to what is right, we are, in reality, rebelling against God! When we, in humility, accept God’s leadership in our life then God can bless us richly!

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