Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 18)
Submission To Governments
He removes kings and establishes kings.
Daniel 2:21 (NASB)
And He said to them, 'Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.'
Luke 20:25 (NASB)
Jesus answered, 'You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.'
John 19:11 (NASB)
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Romans 13:1 (NASB)
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
Titus 3:1-2 (NASB)
Consider Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, and Esther in Persia. Each Bible hero rose to prominence in foreign governments: nations devoted to idol worship. Rules were respected. Rulers were affected. Lives were saved.
Consider Jesus in Jerusalem. He faced the chief priest, Jewish king and Roman governor: leaders devoted to religiosity, immorality and power. Rules were respected. Rulers were affected. The world was saved.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider yourselves in entertainment: an industry devoted to story-writing, money-making and idol-building. Truth is relational. Corruption is habitual. Purity is unusual. Therefore, your entrance is essential.
Where Jesus went, you go: to the people. To stay hunkered down in self-righteous congregations is absolutely wrong. To go unto all nations in the truth of your King is absolutely right.
Even so, media is a foreign government ruled by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). How can you best approach it? Respect its rules to affect its rulers. In so doing, God will elevate you, as He did your predecessors. Lives will be saved.
'Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by Him... For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king' (1 Peter 2:13-17).
Joseph, Daniel and Esther respected the cultures and kings of their times, but they never sold out God. Neither will you. But to win it, you've got to get in it. To get in it, you've got to put away condemnation and put on adaptation.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.