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Getting Good with Change

The Bible teaches us to respond to authority figures in an open and grace-filled way (Romans 13)

Change Creates Crisis
Authority

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5-13

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:10

This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority–the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Let’s talk about your boss. Who has authority over you in some way? Maybe you’re the boss and you have authority over people. Authority can cause a lot of change in our lives. That person who is over us can rock our world. If they are having a bad day, it can mean everyone who is under their authority is going to have a bad day as well!

The Apostle Paul spoke of his authority over the Corinthian church. He reminds them that authority can “build up” or it can “tear down!” Paul is hoping that his authority would build them up. If it did, they would have to change. What these Corinthian Christians were doing could not continue. The apostle was creating a crisis. Whether he was thinking of it this way or not, it would be this authority that caused the crisis. Now it would be up to the church folks on how they would react to this crisis!

When someone speaks to you in a “corrective” way, can you receive it? If you are like me, as well as most people, our first reaction is negative. It hurts, it’s emotional and it’s easy to shut down. With the help of God, Christ followers must evaluate the correction, determine if God may be in it and give a more positive response! The Bible teaches us to respond to our authority figures in an open and grace-filled way. They may not always be right, but God wants us to give them respect (Romans 13).

Father, open my eyes to areas of my life that need correction. If you use a person in authority over me, help me to respond as if it were from you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.