Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Acting School (Part 19)
Chain Of Command
Christ is Head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Ephesians 5:23 (NKJV)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV)
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord... and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:22,33 (NKJV)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother,' which is the first Commandment with promise: 'that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.' And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4 (NKJV)
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but... as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord.
Ephesians 6:5-8 (NKJV)
Submission. In God's order, husbands submit to Christ; wives submit to husbands; children submit to parents and servants submit to masters. It's an unusual hierarchy, because those who rule must be willing to die for those who submit. Jesus demonstrated the process.
If leaders are unwilling to give their lives for those who follow them, the penalty is harsh. 'Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?' (Matthew 23:33).
But in our world today, God's laws of submission seem wrong. Too many men submit to Christ for just one hour on Sunday. Many more--not at all. The majority of wives, children and servants don't want to submit to anybody for anything. 'Equal rights' is our theme song, but it wasn't the song of David:
Over and over, he sings, 'I am your servant' (Psalm 119:125), 'For all are Your servants' (v.91). Similarly, Moses, Joshua and even Jesus are called God's servants. So why do we think submission is a bad thing? Jesus affirms the opposite: 'He who is greatest among you shall be your servant' (Matthew 23:11).
Because in humility, God makes us strong. He even elevates us to starring roles: 'Those who humble themselves will be exalted' (Luke 14:11). But the enemy's pride campaign has convinced us to break God's chain of command.
The result? Brokenness: The disbanding of our families, the exportation of our jobs and the corruption of our government. Unwittingly, earth still submits--but to a different boss.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, humble yourselves and re-establish God's chain of command.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.