“17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” -Hebrews 13:17
Have you ever had a job or been in the position where you didn’t respect your boss or the person you were serving under? If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky because in my 25 years I have been there a couple of times. I had a sour attitude toward the leadership that I was under and it reflected in the effort that I put into my job. I did the absolute minimum to get by and once I knew I wasn’t returning to my position I switched the gear shift into neutral and coasted until my contract was up. I no longer was creative or offering up suggestions as to how the organization could do a certain task better or more effectively. When we refuse to submit to authority or lack confidence in those above us we begin to question every decision they make. No matter what he/she/they do it won’t be good enough or is the opposite of the decision we would have made.
Reading that that we’re called to have confidence in our leaders and to submit to their authority changes our perspective on our boss, coach or employer. When we honor and respect someone that we might not wholeheartedly agree with we are honoring God as well. Submitting to someone we don’t agree with is one of the toughest things we’ll ever have to work through, but know that God honors and blesses us.
I had a horrible attitude toward the organization I worked for and counted down the days until I was no longer under contract. It was a miserable and depressing months leading up to the end of my contract because I became self-centered and self-absorbed. I read into every circumstance as being a shot against me because I was leaving the organization.
Our temptation in these circumstances is more of a temptation of being selfish than anything else. So the next time you are questioning your boss or someone above you in the company…remember that God honors us when we submit to their authority and respect them.