Submission is Supreme by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
HIGHER EVERYDAY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
WEDNESDAY APRIL 14, 2021
TOPIC: SUBMISSION IS SUPREME
TEXT: 1 PETER 2:13-20
MEMORY VERSE: “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well” (1 PETER 2:13, 14).
Christ's example teaches us the acceptable Christian attitude to civil authorities. At birth, His heavily-pregnant mother made the difficult journey to Bethlehem, in obedience to Caesar's decree of a universal census. In childhood, Jesus Himself observed the Jewish Passover.
In adulthood, He taught the importance of paying due taxes to the governor. By contrast, the Zealots were a nationalistic resistance group in Israel. They advocated civil disobedience and acts of sabotage against the occupying forces of Rome. Jesus approved of neither, He taught non-resistance and non-retaliation.
True believers today must follow in His steps. God is the King; earthly rulers are His regents to institute order, decency and security in human societies. Believers are therefore called to submit to the authority of the state.
Yes, even if the ruler himself is morally bankrupt personally. So then, the just laws of civil society must be obeyed irrespective of who enacts them. Only when those laws oppose the laws of God, when civil leaders seek to usurp the place of God in our hearts as believers should we say 'No' to them.
QUOTE: Earthly rulers are God’s regents.
CHALLENGE: Are you a loyal citizen of your nation?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to reflect You in all I do.