Friday, 11 February 2022
“Children, obey your parents in the LORD [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.” – Ephesians 6:1-3 AMP
” For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” – Matthew 8:9 NIV
One of thee most overlooked aspects of Kingdom principles is the role spiritual leaders play in the prosperity of believers. GOD is serious about the leadership that He has placed in our lives, and how we honor or dishonor them. In Ephesians, we realize that parents are the first type of leadership (God-appointed) we are placed under and the Bible promises that if we honor them we will reap the benefits. This is the first commandment that has an immediate effect and response. We are promised that we will live a long life of blessings if we respect and submit ourselves to them. Whether I agree with their style of leadership or not, doesn’t change that GOD expects me to submit to them.
In Matthew 8:9 the centurion highlights the importance of leadership structure. Even though his rank is high, he also still submits to those that are above him. He also has men that report to him and follow his every command. Every instruction is followed to the letter. As a result of this, he was troubled by the sufferings of his subordinate. He took it upon himself to seek the LORD for his lieutenant’s breakthrough. This shows that the sick soldier was obedient to his master because if he wasn’t the master wouldn’t have inconvenienced himself for him. This is the reason GOD came through for him. This level of structure and faith even impressed Christ. Submission to leadership is an act of faith and it is pleasing before the Father.
We need to change our mindset when it comes to how we approach the Kingdom of God. We can’t come into someone else’s kingdom and want to impose our own ideology. We can’t operate as the world operates and expect to thrive in this Kingdom. We need to change our mindset (Romans 12:2) and intentionally align ourselves with God’s way of doing things. Satan’s kingdom is organized and ruthless in the implementation of its objectives. We need to be very intentional in our fight with this dark kingdom if we are to live out our lives to the full potential. For example, if we say that the Word is the sword of the Spirit then we need to master how to use this weapon. We need to intentionally take time to learn how to use it, to know how heavy it is, and how to maneuver it to strike a target coming from the left or the right. You don’t buy a gun and never go to a shooting range to practice how to use it. On its own, it’s a deadly weapon but if you don’t know how to use it, it’s just a piece of metal. When we talk about taking up the full armor of God we need to be active and not passive. We need the same determination athletes have concerning their craft. We need to beat our bodies to submission so that we may achieve our objective. We must know what our goal is, as this will inform the kind of training we need to embark on. It all starts with a choice.
When we talk about taking up the full armor of God we need to be active and not passive. We need the same determination athletes have concerning their craft. We need to beat our bodies to submission so that we may achieve our objective