“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2

In Part One, we looked at the characteristics that we should have if we want to live a life that is pleasing to our Father. We remember that we first need to change the way we measure our lives, and start using our Father’s yard stick to measure our success. We also remember that our Father is always with us, so when we face persecution, He will take care of it. We just need to make sure we carry on being good examples of His love so that we can draw others to Him.

In Part Two, we now look at how we should act on the outside, toward others in the world; and we start with the elephant in the room, bad bosses.

No one likes bad bosses, be they government or management. We find it difficult, therefore, to understand how it is that bad authorities are appointed by God. Well, beloved, understand this.

“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen.” Romans 13:1 [MSG]

We should always begin with the nature of our Father, which is that He always and only wants good things for us. Authorities were put in place because they were supposed to be good. And for a time, they all were; just like the rule of the Pharaohs were not always oppressive for Israel.

“Now the report of it was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s brothers have come.” So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan. Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land. Now you are commanded—do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come. Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”” Genesis 45:16-20

The Pharaoh, who knew Joseph and had experience the blessings that Joseph brought to Pharaoh’s household from God, rewarded Israel richly till the people multiplied. Then this happened.

“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Exodus 1:8

And we know how the rest of that story panned out.

So authorities are placed there by God for the good of the people. And if you look at Paul’s advice, it makes much practical sense, does it not?

“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.” Romans 13:3

So live peaceably with your bosses, and everything will be alright. What then is living peaceably?

“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10

In short, be a nice guy. Do your fair share and do not set out to harm others. Sound familiar? Yes, it mirrors in tone and message, this.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:9-18

So now, we take that inward character, and display it on the outside through our actions. And when we do, will we not draw to Jesus all who see this in us?

But again, what if we have bad bosses? Yes, let our Father deal with them. For He has said of Jesus,

“Thus says the Lord,
The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One,
To Him whom man despises,
To Him whom the nation abhors,
To the Servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise,
Princes also shall worship,
Because of the Lord who is faithful,
The Holy One of Israel;
And He has chosen You.”” Isaiah 49:7

Even kings and princes shall worship Jesus. So what boss do you think Jesus cannot manage? At the end of the day, remember,

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21

Give place for His wrath and let Him deal with the bosses that oppress us. That is His domain. Not ours. So that therefore is His problem to deal with, not ours. Our job is just to put on Christ. Wear His character wherever we go.

“Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy.
But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).” Romans 13:13-14 [AMPC]

Because, just like when we wear the jersey of our favorite football club or music band, we are advertising our association with that organization; so when we put on Christ, and His character, we are advertising how great and wonderful our Savior is, and calling all who would listen, to Him. That is how great our call is, each and every one of us who profess to have Jesus as our Lord and Savior. So beloved,

“…make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!” Romans 13:11-14 [MSG]

And leave your bosses to Jesus.

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