This week, I have been reflecting on Bevan’s message from Sunday. He talked about authority and how God puts authority in our lives to bless, instruct, and protect us. It is sometimes difficult to think of authority as a positive. It is very tempting to complain or speak poorly of those who are in authority: government, the president, church leadership, teachers, employers, parents, etc. Bevan explained how our attitude towards authority and how we talk about authority has an impact on how those around us view that authority. This was very convicting for me. On Sunday night, as we were discussing this topic at Young Adults, a verse came to mind:
Ephesians 4:25 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
If I am serious about honoring my authority with my words, here are a few questions I need to be asking…
· When I speak about my authority does it benefit people?
· Do I build people up with my words or am I spreading a negative spirit and being disrespectful?
· Am I helping my authority succeed?
I want to encourage you to ask similar questions and look for ways to honor the authority God has placed in your life.