#2192 – Submit & Flourish

Good morning people who understand and live under godly leadership

Nehemiah 11:22-23 (NIV) The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mika. Uzzi was one of Asaph’s descendants, who were the musicians responsible for the service of the house of God. The musicians were under the king’s orders, which regulated their daily activity.

As people who serve in the house of God, we are called to serve under authority.

Here we see the musicians (those appointed to lead worship) serving and having responsibility for the service of the house of God. Yet God knew that we needed to hear verse 23 as well.

These musicians, who had responsibility, flourished because they were under the king’s orders. They weren’t a law unto themselves, but rather they were submitted to the godly authority that was over them.

Again I need to remind us that being under authority is being under protection. This is God’s plan and this is God’s order.

“So, how well do you submit to the authority that is over you? How about when they change your plans at the last minute and you don’t get to do what you have spent lots of time practicing?”

This principle applies to every sphere of serving in church and society, but I feel to especially encourage those in the creative arts to hold on lightly to ‘your rights’ – respectfully, it’s not about ‘your thing’, it is about God’s Kingdom and God’s will being done on earth as it is done in heaven.

It’s time to submit and flourish.

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