Hebrews 13:17 – Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give account.
The Government of God is His divine order. It is an expression of His Love for His people in the watching out for their souls. Many think of obeying another person as a form of bondage, but the Scriptures speak of obedience as true liberty. Obviously, when we are submitted to leaders there is the possibility of abuse. God’s command of our obedience to His leaders is in the context of leadership being submitted to Christ.
Earlier in Hebrews 13:7 the writer says “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” Leadership is called to a high degree of modeling the attitude and conduct of Christ Jesus. We are called to look at the lives of our leaders and consider the results of their faith.
When Paul calls the people of God to a life of prayer, he first directs their attention to praying for all men and begins with “kings and all who are in authority” (1Timothy 2:2a). Government and authority are close to the heart of God. Paul further states the purpose of remembering these in prayer, “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1Timothy 2:2b).
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14). Peter affirms this to be the will of God for all those who name the Name of Jesus. The Christian is to be known as the most law-abiding citizen in society.
Peter ends his thoughts on honoring authority by saying, Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king (1 Peter 2:18). The Lord has called His sons and daughters to be the example of submitted, law abiding people as a testimony of the “divine order” of His Kingdom in the earth.
Father, I ask for the grace of the Holy Spirit in my life to obey Your word in all things. Help me in this area of Divine Order. Grace me to be a good citizen in the society, to be an example of godliness in all I do.