HOW TO HANDLE ELEVATION
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account.
Obedience deals with our actions in response to authority. Submission deals with our attitude toward authority. God looks at our outward actions and at the hidden attitude of our hearts.
When we are not submissive to authorities, we are resisting God’s authority. All authority comes from Him.
God wants us to freely enjoy and benefit from the table He prepares for us through those He provides for us. We can only do this when we respond to them with honour.
When God elevates us, whether the authority is family, church, civil or social, He admonishes us to maintain a submissive attitude. We are also to obey in action unless authority tells us to do what Scripture clearly identifies as sinful.
Holy Spirit, give me the grace not only to obey, but also to truly submit to those in authority.