Thursday, December 8, 2016

KINGDOM PRINCIPLE: RESPECT THE AUTHORITY.GOOD OR BAD

Let
every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Disrespecting authorities is disrespecting God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the authority and the ordinance of God,and those who resists the authority will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers are not terrors to good work but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? then do what is right and good,and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subjects, not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake.

For you to make an impact you must know that God is in control first. This will help you not to fight the ordained authority. Instead of fighting leadership learn to lead where you are. You do not need to be CEO to lead effectively. And you can learn to make an impact through your leadership even if  you report to someone who is not a good leader.

The Bible characters will help us to deal with all manner of excuses we give when we dodge our responsibilities. Remember that excuses give birth to irresponsibility.
1. JOSEPH made an impact through his leadership even though he was reporting to a bad leader king Pharaoh.
2. DANIEL made an impact while serving under three different autocrats kings; Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar and Darius. Working with three different despotism rulers is not an easy task. It needs a man who fears the Lord and respects His authority.
3. MORDECAI served as gate keeper first then vice president under King Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces, from India to Ethiopia. Xerxes was the most Tyranny King who ever lived. Other historical sources portray Xerxes as a dangerously impulse King.When a bridge he had ordered built was destroyed in a storm, he commanded that the sea receive 300 lashes, and then had the bridge builders beheaded. When one of his loyal subjects contributed a huge sum toward a military expedition, Xerxes was so enraptured that he returned the money, along with a handsome gift of his own. But when the same man asked Xerxes to let just one of his sons go free from the draft,Xerxes ,enraged, ordered the son cut into two and the army march between the pieces.

If Mordecai managed to serve faithfully under Xerxes, such a wild man, then there is no one to give excuses not to respect the authority whether good or bad. All these Bible characters had a common thing, which is commitment; commitment is combination of 5Ds, Determination,Dedication, Diligence, Devotion and Discipline. These guys loved where God placed them, they owned the cause and they knew the kingdom principle of obeying the authorities.

My heart's desire and my prayer to God for all the people, is that they may love their local churches, work hard where they are working, and mind their dwelling place where they are planted.Whether you are a Pastor, a church staff member, an employee or employer, a leader in business or a volunteer leading behind the scenes, I want to encourage you to fully engage yourself to blossom where you are planted and lead where you are. 

No comments: