I once heard someone say, “I don’t have a problem with authority. Just don’t tell me what to do.”
How do you react when people tell you what to do? Do you obediently comply or is there an inner struggle that rises up within you?
If you did have a problem with authority, how would you know? Here’s a few things to ask yourself:
- Are you usually the one trying to find a way around rules and regulations?
- Do you think the rules don’t apply to you?
- Do you struggle to take instructions from a colleague?
- Do you often find yourself challenging the way things are done?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, chances are you have a problem with authority. Now before you beat yourself up about it, take heart – you are not alone, I promise!
Many of us, especially strong-willed people, struggle with authority. I think God made us that way so that we don’t just take everything handed down to us. I think He made us that way so that we will stand up against injustice, corruption and inequality. But if left unchecked, it can lead to rebellion and pride.
So how can you stand up for what’s right while still respecting authority?
- Understand that all authority comes from God. The Bible says in Romans 13:1: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Trust that God sees it all and respect those that God has placed over you.
- Stay humble. It could be pride that causes you to knock heads with authority. If you think too much of yourself, you will see others as beneath you and submitting to them will be next to impossible. Make a decision that you can learn from anyone. Whether you perceive them to be above you or beneath you, you can learn something from everyone.
I know it’s not easy, but make a conscious effort to respect and honour everyone….from the homeless person on the side of the road to the CEO at your company.
I will leave you with this parting thought: The seeds you sow towards authority in your life, you will reap when you are in a position of authority. If you are difficult to lead, you will reap that in your own leadership journey. So remain teachable, stay humble and be easy to lead. Your future you will thank you!
The first step to submitting to authority is to submit to God’s authority in your life instead of trying to go your own way. To find out more about this, click on the pop up or link below. Let this be the beginning of your journey to being your best you.