Authority in Caring
The concept of authority gives order to caring for others, but it also adds a kink in the system. Although "servants" are by definition those who serve others, Jesus' view is that the greatest servants should be those in authority.
Day One: Authority
According to the Bible, authority ought to be submitted to and respected. This is a hard teaching for many, as the Bible would seem to indemnify those who rule or preside over others in a cruel and unjust manner...
For more, see "What should we do when we disagree with church leadership?"
Day Two: Spiritual Authority
"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)...
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Day Three: Submission
Submission is a concept that seems to go against the grain of human nature, and yet we all see the need for it in certain aspects of life. Without submission, things quickly fall into chaos as everyone strives to be in charge...
Day Four: Obedience
The Bible has much to say about obedience. In fact, obedience is an essential part of the Christian faith. Jesus Himself was "obedient unto death, even death on a cross." For Christians, the act of taking up our cross and following Christ means obedience...
Day Five: Obeying Parents
Obeying one's parents is a direct command from God. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right" (Ephesians 6:1). The word obey in this verse cannot be separated from the idea of "honoring" them...
For more, see "Do we need to attend the same church as our parents?"
Day Six: Servanthood
The Bible has a great deal to say about servanthood because the central theme of the Bible is the Servant of all—Jesus Christ. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many"...
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