Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The best ministers, or servants, do not need to be praised for what they do. When we ask our family, employers, or Pastors for a way to serve, and we do it well, a simple thank you should be enough for us. There will be times that they will not even say thank you, but instead of being annoyed, consider their schedule. Many times a person is a lot more grateful than what they express. While we all want to be praised both privately and publicly, that is not why we should be serving. We should serve to be more like Christ.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The entire book of Mark shows us the humanity of Christ. He came to minister, or serve, others. It’s a good thing when we are asked to serve, and we shouldn’t be offended by it. It means they trust us enough to get it done right. If you are not being asked to serve anywhere, go volunteer for it. If we have time to help, we can simply ask our Pastors, employers, and family how we can serve them today.
Look up Romans 13:1-10. Another part in respecting our authority has to do with our attitude towards them. When we have a sincere question about something they said or have a major issue to take to them, it would be best to schedule a time to meet with them if at all possible. There will be times that we won’t like how that meeting ended, but unless they are scripturally wrong, we still should respect the fact that God put them in that position over us.
Look up Romans 13:1-5 and Ephesians 6:1. One part of respecting authority is knowing how to properly address them. If you don’t know what to address them as, ask them what they prefer. Another part of respecting authority is simply respecting their time. Even Jesus left at times to rest or pray. Our authority is human who wants alone time as well. Our authority probably also has a family who want to spend time with them as well. If they are on vacation, or off the clock, let them enjoy their time. Please keep in mind that since they are human, they will occasionally have a bad day and won’t be able to deal with major issues. Normally those issues can wait a day or two.
Romans 13:1-5. Everyone is under someone’s authority and they are over us because God put them there. In verse five, we are to obey authority to avoid wrath, for our conscience sake, and simply because it is Biblical.