Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Authority and Our Worth

There are people who seem to think that being under the authority of another person implies inferiority, but that is not necessarily the case. In the workplace, we need to submit to our superiors but that does not mean they are better people than us. In a biblical context, submission to the authority of God actually brings us self worth and security.

 It may seem counter-intuitive, but submission to the authority of God's Word gives us security and confidence that we are loved.
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People are interested in their own opinions and how they feel about something, and these things change frequently. This is often coupled with rebellion against God where people choose which parts of Scripture they want to believe. It seems counter-intuitive to to the natural mind, but being under authority gives us stability. For the Christian, submission to God's Word is vital to our spiritual lives.

There is submission in the Trinity, but no inferiority is implies. Likewise, wives are to submit to their husbands, while husbands are to love their wives sacrificially like Christ loves the church. When we are in submission to Scripture, we can trust it and know that we are loved. Indeed, we have the Creator of the universe living in us; the Holy Spirit reminds us that we are his children. Prayerfully, submissively, seek God's Word first in all things.
When facing difficult questions, do we respond by asking God or searching His Word? Or do we think we know best? Such self-idolatry reaches as far back as the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). Just as it did for Adam and Eve, failure to recognize God’s authority will lead to a path of sin, death, and judgment (Romans 13:1–2). There’s zero humility in seeking ‘me first’ and what I think instead of seeking first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
To read this short article in its entirety, click on "Submission to Scripture—the key to understanding our worth".