“For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
In world that is so confused by the misuse and abuse of authority, to have a right understanding of authority is water on parched lips.
God found it pleasing to elevate Christ, that He might have the centrality of our focus and the supremacy of our worship and obedience. Together, with the move of the Holy Spirit, they are preparing the Kingdom of God and drawing all things back to them until the final day of Christ’s return.
And while the poor use of authority is prevalent globally, there is a call for heightened fear of God (honor and respect that draws us in and purifies our motives, not “fear” as in being scared — though who wouldn’t tremble at the presence of a holy being?). Seeing God rightly restores our vision and reminds us of our small place before Him.
Yet God’s goal is not to make us small. It’s to place us into authority and rule rightly, that we might reflect Him better, which ultimately brings Him more glory.
He lifts us up to be used by Him; to fulfill our role as sons and daughters, kings and queens under His lordship.
When we acknowledge that we were called to greatness, to rule and reign with Him, we can begin to step into the places of authority He is preparing us for. And when we walk in obedience in our domain of authority, those around us will be loved well.
Whether as parents, spouses, in business or in worship — when Christ is given the rightful place as Lord of our lives — God is glorified and we quicken the arrival of His Kingdom. Proper authority is restored.
It all starts with God and goes back to God.