Students struggle with honoring authority all the time. There’s something in them that just doesn’t want to be told what to do. Maybe it’s because they think they know better (or know it all!). Maybe they think the authority figures in their lives don’t deserve their respect. While there are many reasons respecting authority can be difficult for students, it usually boils down to this: They feel that their freedoms are being taken away and their rights and wants are being infringed upon.
So what do they do? Push back, mouth off, stand up, throw their hands up, and fight back.
Sound familiar? It probably does when it comes to leading our students! But what about in your own life? If we’re being honest, I think we’d all say that even as adults, we struggle with authority. We fight against submitting and honoring those in authority over us. It’s just difficult for us to give up our rights and wants in any way. But the Bible calls us to do just that:
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
—Romans 13:1 (NLT)
This week, as you study this verse and encourage your students to honor and respect the authorities in their lives, don’t miss the importance of this in your own life as well. Where are you struggling to submit? What authority is difficult for you to honor? What kind of person are you to lead? Focus on following well as you lead your students. And then watch and see how God uses your submission to make you a better leader for your few.