Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)
Know It All
You don’t know it all. You don’t have it all. There is a reason that I have placed leaders over you. Why is that? You need to hear from those who are wise. You need to listen to those who are more experienced. You need to follow the examples of those who have gone before you in the faith. Don’t live as if you were a full glass that nothing more can be poured into. Live with a humble and open and listening heart to those that I have placed in authority over you. Let others speak into your life so that you can hear all that I have to say to you. Will you submit yourself to those that I have placed over you? Will you obey all that I am teaching you through Godly men and woman? Yes Lord, I will submit myself to those you have placed over me. I will obey what you are teaching me through the lives of others. That will be very good.
Your leaders are keeping watch over your soul. They are helping to guard and guide your life. Their job is not easy. Their work is very difficult. You can encourage them. You can help spur them on. How can I encourage and spur my leaders on? You can either make their job a burden or a joy. How can I make their job a burden or a joy? If you obey your leaders their burden will be light. If you rebel against your leaders their burden will be heavy. If you put into practice what you are being taught their work will be a joy. If you do not put into practice what you are being taught their work will be a burden. Your leaders will rejoice when they see fruit for my kingdom being born in your life. Your leaders will be discouraged if they do not see any fruit for my kingdom being born in your life. Will you listen and put into practice what you are being taught? Yes Lord, I will obey all that you are teaching me through my leaders. That will be very good.
A day will come when your leaders will give account for how they have watched over your soul. Do you want them to succeed? Do you want your leaders to be able to give a good report about how their work has born fruit in your life? Yes, I want them to be abundantly successful. That will mean that I have born an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. That will mean that they and I have both served you well. That is what I want. That is what I will do both as a follower and as a leader. Help me to also be able to give a good account to you. Help my leaders to watch over my soul. Help me to watch over those you have placed in my care. Yes, I will.
Lord, thank you for the leaders that you have placed over me. They have helped guard and guide the course of my life. I will obey and submit myself to the leaders that you have given to me. I will work to help make it joyful for them to watch over my soul. Amen
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