Tuesday, April 18 – Romans 13:5-7

Apr 17, 2023

Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Pay to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.

 

Do you remember some of the first forms of respect you were taught as a child? For some, it was saying please and thank you. For others, it was addressing adults as Ma’am or Sir. For others, it was more about posture and eye contact, or how they carried themselves. These forms of respect are often expected of children in their interactions with any adult. Regardless of the setting of school, church, home, or friends, the expectation is the same. These manners are a simple display of a deeper lesson that the parents are trying to teach—respect for authority.

 

In today’s passage, Paul recognized that respect for authority is more than just a matter of staying out of trouble but also a matter of conscience. We are called not only to avoid disrespect but to move toward respect. God calls us to a higher standard. He equips us to show respect to our authorities in the taxes we pay, the way we speak, or even the way we post on social media. Like good manners are often engrained in children from an early age, the way we love and show respect to people should be engrained in us because of our relationship with Jesus. Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.”

 

  • How has your relationship with Jesus changed the way you treat authority?
  • Where do you need to change your approach toward authority in one way right now?
  • Pray and ask God to transform your heart so that you may show respect to those in authority in a way that glorifies Him.
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