Romans 13:1-7 (1)"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." (2)"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." (3)"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good and thou shalt have praise of the same:" (4)"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." (5)"Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake." (6)"For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing." (7)"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."
These verses speak of the authority that God has set up in each person's life. We are to submit to that authority. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who do not submit to authority. Oh yes....they might submit to parental, pastoral, government and God's authority to SOME degree but I know that we all have areas of authority that we don't submit completely in. I'd like to say that I do but I know I don't. My desire is to do better in this area of my life.
The area I want to talk about in this post is this area of teenagers in their submission to authority. I know how I was when I was a teenager. I did not submit to authority at all. I wanted my parents to think I was. And I thought that I had them fooled. I would tell them I would do something...then I would not do it or if I did it wasn't done right. Where I lived and the kind of friends I kept...it wasn't COOL to respect authority. There were consequences to my actions though...but only when I got caught. I did not know the Lord at that time in my life. Had I known the Lord then I would have done differently. And since being saved as an adult I have gone back and gotten forgiveness from my parents for being so deceptive and disobedient to them. The sad thing is there are saved teenagers today that are being deceptive and disobedient to their parents, pastors and also to God. Let me tell you something teenager...you think you are getting away with things but trust me...you aren't.
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."
I always thought I was getting away with things but found out later that my parents usually found out from someone who saw me that I wasn't where I said I was or doing what I said I would be doing. Trust me...your parents know more than you think they do. And if your parents don't know...God does!!! God sees everything. If you are His child then you can rest assured that you will be disciplined. It does not pay to go against authority. That includes obeying His Word. The King James Bible is our final authority!! God says what He means and He means what He says. There are no gray areas with God. Either things are right or they are wrong. I also know of teenagers that go against authority with government. That means the laws of the land. We must obey the laws of the land. That means ALL laws. How about in the authority of pastoral proportions? When you pastor asks you to do something do you do it? If he says not to do something....do you obey? It doesn't matter what it is...you should respect his authority and adhere to his requests.
These areas in our lives are areas that God set up authority in for our good. The sooner we realize that He put them there for our good the better off we'll be.