Ok John Bevere just preached at our church this past Sunday. I really got corrected. He talked about honoring those who are in positions of authority. He talked about four different areas; civil, family, social and church authorities. Now I have known about respecting and honoring authority for a long time. I learned that very early in my Christian walk. Troy and I have not only followed that but we have taught it to our children (and are still teaching it to them-ha ha) but I found a problem with how my life lined up with what John was talking about. I love to honor those who are in positions of authority but I have had a hard time at times letting people honor me in the position God has placed me in. Do you see the conundrum going on inside of my head? I mean we learned the importance of honor and respecting those in authority over us and I firmly believe that because of the way Troy and I have honored our leaders God has allowed us be in a position of authority.
So why is it at times hard for me to allow people to show honor to me? I think it is because I have seen people in positions of authority who demanded honor and I never wanted to be counted among them. I so much did not want to look like them that I let myself swing the other direction sometimes. I just think there is a balance that needs to be struck. I have seen some people take the word honor and abuse it. I mean I don’t need someone to follow me around and dab my forehead when I sweat and honestly it disturbs me when I see that sort of thing but I do need help sometimes and have been resistant to it.
John told a story about when he was in a foreign country and how they wanted to wash his hands in an elaborate manor and sit him on a huge chair to honor him. He said he felt the Lord tell him to roll with it. I think it would have made me very uncomfortable but in that culture it was their way of honoring a minister. I thought to myself at that moment I probably would have wanted to wash their hands and not let them wash mine. It would have taken away their joy and also their reward (as John talked about) by me being stubborn. To show honor and respect to someone who is in a position of authority is a great thing! I cannot tell you how much more I respect policemen and firefighters too! And don’t think I will ever complain about CMS again!
So guys, I am working on this. Just letting you know!
What did you learn from John’s message? I shared what got me good, what got you?