1 Corinthians 16:15-16 Now I urge you, brothers–you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints– (16) be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.
- Be subject to: G5293 hupotassō hoop-ot-as’-so; to subordinate; reflexively to obey: – be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.
- That you honor them, be obedient to them, and be content to be ruled by them, as you properly should, seeing that they have bestowed themselves and their goods, and this to help you with them.
- This is a particular problem to us as modern 20th century Americans is this thought of submission. We feel we are free and we can do whatever we want, but we submit all the time, sometimes without thinking about it.
- We submit to our bosses. We show up when the tell us to, do the job they say the way we say it because we want to keep the job.
- I can tell whenever there is a JSO officer on 295. All of a sudden people slow down. Why? When we see the black & white the first thing we do is look down at our speedometer and hit the brakes. We are all of a sudden aware of the law and the speed limit.
We need to be subject to those who God has put over us (cf. Romans 13:1) no matter their position: president, mayor, PD officer, pastor, and spiritual leader. Spiritual leaders are concerned for your souls, for your salvation. If they have demonstrated their love and concern for you then we need to be subject to them.