Uncommon Men: Authority
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain
In our society today, there is an abundance of role models. And whether we admit it or not, we all look up and try to emulate someone. But who we are mirroring will speak volumes of who we are ourselves.
Unfortunately, the uncommon man today is a man of integrity, honesty and a man who loves Jesus. In this collection of posts, I hope you discover what a life of true significance looks like.
If there's anything in this world that brings more conflict and struggle, it's submission to authority. Nothing says uncommon like a man who humbles himself before authority. Authority comes from God. Parents, employers, teachers, pastors: each are positioned for a purpose. But there are authority figures in your life you respect, who make it easy to obey and follow their guidelines. A truly uncommon man is one who submits to authority that is hard to respect.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God, So, anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. Romans 13:1-2
Imagine you are an assistant coach in the NFL. You have spent twenty years climbing the ladder as a coach and now you're an offensive coordinator. Then, the general manager of your organization calls you in and tells you that they just hired a head coach, who is only 30 years old. How do you imagine he would feel? He was probably thinking, when I started coaching, this guy was only in 5th grade! I can imagine this was tough to wrestle with.
But that's what happened with Wade Phillips, Sean McVay and the LA Rams.
In life, you are going to have people above you who may not deserve to be there (at least you don't think so). But, God puts people in our lives to teach us something. Maybe it's humility. But when we learn to be at peace with whatever the authority looks like in our lives, we will soon find ourselves in leadership roles.
For 13 years, the Rams could not win more than 8 games. Then they hired the youngest coach in
NFL history. In their second season, they not only won 13 games, but made it to the Super Bowl. Because their staff submitted and humbled themselves to the authority of a young, less experienced coach, they all won.
This is not to say, that if you submit to authority, you will always have a winning season. Because it's not always going to be easy. But the truth is, if we never learn to submit to authority, we will never learn to submit to God.