“I want it my way.” It’s our default perspective on life, and it’s hardwired into our culture. Bosses, parents, the government—these authorities become an inconvenience at best. Yet God calls us to a different outlook. Today we’re going to talk about how God uses the earthly authorities in our lives to accomplish His plans for our lives.
Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations and push a little deeper. Go on. Dive in.
Jaywalking, speeding, not brushing our teeth for the full two minutes–we all push back against authority. Take a minute and think about your day. When did you know the rules, and replace them with what was better (or easier) for you? Share.
“Can you believe that guy?!?” We’ve all walked away from a boss thinking (or saying) those words. It may feel good in the moment, but it’s rebellion. Fortunately, good things happen when we talk about it. So, tell a story about a time you had less-than-kind things to say about someone in authority.
Submitting to earthly authority can bring freedom, humility, and a new life. Which of these stuck out to you? Which of these was the hardest to believe? Why?
Submission isn’t easy. Not even for Jesus. But we heard it can mature us and lead to freedom. Share a story when you held your tongue and it led to growth. (No experience in keeping your mouth shut? Us too… Share a story about a time you wish you did.)
No matter what you believe, what would it mean if God had authority over your life? What if God used the world and people in it to give us direction? Talk about it in your group. And if you’re feeling bold, give the challenge a try this week.
Ready to practice? This week, all week, obey every traffic law. That means speeding, merging, right turns on red, staying right except to pass… All of ‘em. Go.
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