Throughout scripture, God commands us (Christians) to honor specific people in our lives, in specific ways, regardless of their unworthiness of such honor. He commands such depending on where He has placed us, according to His will, for His glory and our good. Due to our flesh, it is very tempting to ignore God’s commanding of us to be submissive, to love, to obey, to respect, or to even be subject to whom He says that we should give such distinctions; even regardless of the fact that such are not worthy of such honor. But, it’s not about them…
It’s about Christ…
It’s about His worthiness…
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”
Wives, is Christ worthy of submitting to a husband, who is not worthy of submission?
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her”
Husbands, is Christ worthy of loving a wife, who is not worthy of love?
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
Children, is Christ worthy of obeying parents, who are not worthy of obedience?
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Fathers (parents), is Christ worthy of raising your children without provoking them to anger and bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, who are not worthy of such?
“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ”
Employees, is Christ worthy of obeying a boss, who is not worthy of obedience?
“Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that He who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with Him.”
Bosses, is Christ worthy of you not threatening your employees, who are not worthy of quenching such temptations?
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Is Christ worthy of being subject to governing authorities, which are not worthy of subjection?
1 Peter 2:13
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution”
Is Christ worthy of being subject to every human institution, which are not worthy of such?
1 John 3:2-10
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
I ask you again, brothers and sisters, is Christ worthy?
“Worthy are You, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things,
and by Your will they existed and were created.”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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