Our Place in the World
Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
This was written in a day when Rome and the Caesar’s ruled. Their reign was often terrible. The soldiers could be cruel, or kind. Their judges could imprison or set free, at a word.
Yet, as Christians, we are to respect authorities, because of their office. And be subject to them. (God always has His due order. Think of the chaos without the police, fire department, and government.)
1 Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercession, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
This is the secret for a quiet life: Prayer for all.
We should pray for our family, our city, the church on the earth, for our nation, and it’s leaders.
It is not because we believe, necessarily, in what they do; but rather it is what the Lord wants. (And we should always pray that God will direct their actions)
And when we pray, God hears.
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
The Lord can turn the heart of any ruler, politician, judge, etc. as He turns the rivers in there course; to do what ever He wants.
(There are times He allows rulers to go on in there wicked way; simply to increase their punishment, or to make the deliverance of His people from their hand even more amazing!)
Our place in the world is to be lights for Jesus Christ.
To shine God’s life in us.
To do this we are to pray for those we know, who are Christians; and those who have not yet come to Christ Jesus.
To seek the good of our family, neighbors, and city by prayer.
And to pray for our country. That revival might come to our churches, schools, institutions that are suppose to do good; and to all.
To seek the good of all, in prayer; is a down payment on a peaceful life.