Authority

When being part of a society, it is inevitable that people are always subject under some form of authority, whether in the family, at school, or at work. In the family, parents typically assert authority over their children because they have the best interest for their children; it is sometimes overbearing but can be forgiven. Not all authority figures have the best interest of their subjects in mind; they simply want to be venerated and will harm anyone challenging their authority. These can include intimately influential figures like your school teacher, your church pastor, or your boss at work. One can best hope that the authority is benevolent, and that one can navigate the minefield well enough to survive under the authority unharmed.

1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.——Romans 13:1-2.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.——Hebrews 13:17.

On the other hand, it is helpful to understand that the proper way to gain authority is by servant leadership.

25Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”——Matthew 20:25-28.

In fact, people who do the hard work often gets to exert the greatest influence, even though they are not always recognized as such. If you have something that people want, and you have control over when to give it or whom to give it to, then it often lends you the leverage to assert authority. Understand what control you do have and don't give up easily, but use the influence for the good of others.

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