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Do you make your leader’s life a joy?

Hey Valley Creek Students, welcome to student circles. I am so glad you’re hanging out with us today. We are in a series called Heart of a King where we are looking at the life of David for what it means to live with the heart of a king. That we all start with the heart of a slave, a rebel, a pharisee, and an orphan and when we let Jesus be the king of our hearts, he gives us the heart of a king.
& this week I heard a story about a student who after hearing one of the messages was convicted that they had not been treating their teacher with a heart of a king. So they went to them the next day and apologized telling that teacher that God had told them their job as the student was to honor them. I heard a story about a student who heard that you don’t have to agree with someone to honor them and there was another student they weren’t agreeing with and went and apologized for not honoring them in the process, and went as far as to reconcile the relationship. I heard a story about a student who heard that kings don’t live down to the world they live up to the kingdom of God, and in that moment knew that they couldn’t go to a party this weekend because that would have been living down to the world so in that moment they texted their friend that they weren’t going to go.
Guys. Not only are you listening, you are actually letting it change your life, & what I want you to get is that it is incredible spiritual maturity to have the Lord show you an area that you are not fully aligning with his truth, and the second you become aware of it, to do something about it. If you’ve ever wanted to know what spiritual maturity looks like – it’s that. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the heart of a king looks like – its that. So let’s keep leaning in because God has more of us today. Sound good?
We’re going to take some ground in verbally responding, i’ll tell you when, but we can do better than that – so sound good?
Today we are talking about submission. Everyone say submission. & I want you to write this down – Submission to authority is the heart of a king. The word submission literally means to come under (think submarine under the water), to come under someone else’s mission. To use what you have to lift up that person and their mission to see it be accomplished.
& we said we were looking at the life of David and in Acts 13:22 this is what God said about David – “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” David was submitted to the authority of God. If you look at his life he was submitted to his dad, to Samuel the prophet, to foreign kings, and to Saul because David had the heart of a king before he ever was a king.
& I think a lot of us think of “submitting to authority” as this thing you have to do when you’re young. You have to obey your parents and obey your teachers, but submitting to authority isn’t a young person thing, it’s a heart of a king thing. & a lot of times when we think of kings, we think of being able to do whatever you want, never being accountable to anyone, that’s the worlds idea of a king, and there is something in the human spirit that longs for greatness and its because we were created to rule and reign with God, but before we are ever in a position of authority, we have to learn how to submit to the authorities in our life & there are 4 (everyone say 4) 4 very important things we have to understand if we want to live with the heart of a king.
#1 (write this down) Is that All authority comes from God.
Look at the life of David. For 10 years David ran from the evil King Saul. God had rejected Saul as king and appointed David, so Saul wanted to kill David and it’s fascinating that for 10 years David never once led a rebellion, and he never once spoke badly of him. Why? Well in 1 Samuel 24:6 when David’s men were encouraging him to kill Saul he says “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord anointed.” David understood that all authority in his life came from God. I want you to think of who your authorities are right now – you have parents, you have teachers, coaches, church leaders, police officers, bosses, etc. I want you to think of them as I read this – Romans 13:1-2 “Let 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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority (in their life) is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.” Guys – I need you to grasp what a big deal honoring authority is to God. To submit to the authorities in your life is you directly submitting to God. To rebel, to speak against, to even just be difficult to lead, to the authorities in your life, is you directly rebelling against God.
& hear me, I also know how much the authorities in our life don’t always get it right. I know what it’s like to have an authority that you don’t agree with or even think is looking out for your best interests. But either way, God will hold the authorities in your life accountable for how they lead you. But He will hold you accountable to how you submitted to them.
So a question I want you to write down – Is have you been submitting to the authorities in your life as if you were submitting to God?
2nd thing we need to understand is that GOD USES AUTHORITY TO HELP PURIFY OUR HEARTS. Think about it – Why would God have David submit to an evil king for 10 years? *pause* Bc David wasn’t perfect and before God made David king he wanted to develop in him the heart of a king & our hearts are purified when we submit to the authorities in our life. The only time we are biblically allowed to not submit and obey our authorities is if they are asking you to sin. Only time. But check out 1 Sam 15:23, “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshipping idols.” We can all pretty easily agree that witchcraft and worshipping idols are absolutely missing the mark of Gods best for your life. What we have to understand is that God sees our rebellion and stubbornness to authority – talking back to your parents, not submitting your homework on time, not doing what your coach asks you to do on your day off, not responding to your boss’ text – that in the same way is missing the mark of Gods best because it’s just not the heart of a king.
& don’t you know that we all say we are submitted until we have to submit to something or someone that we don’t like. You don’t have the heart of a king when you submit to your parents when they want to take you to Disneyworld. You have the heart of a king when your parents give you a curfew you think is beneath you and you honor it with no backtalk. You have the heart of a king when your boss tells you to clean the bathrooms and you don’t just do a quick spray because that is beneath you but you get on your hands and knees in a disgusting bathroom and scrub because you are doing it as unto the Lord. If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m talking from personal experience here. I know how hard it is to do those things because I have gotten it wrong so many times. But think about this – maybe God has put you under authority you don’t necessarily agree with or like – because he is trying to purify your heart. God gives us man that we can see to teach us how to submit to a God that we can’t see because the only way to get into the kingdom of God is by whole heartedly submitting to the death burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Write this question down – What does how I engage with the authority in my life, tell the people around me about my relationship with Jesus? Because if we can’t submit to them, how in the world are we going to submit to Jesus when he asks us to do something? You submit to the authorities in your life because it’s practice so you can submit to Jesus when it really matters.
3rd thing is this – You have to follow before you can lead. We all one day are going to be in positions of authority, but more than that, we have been given authority by God to bring his kingdom into this world… but you can only be empowered to the level that you are surrendered. You have no authority except for the authority that you are under. & Jesus was the best leader because he was the best follower. He was fully submitted to the authority of God that he said “I can do nothing by myself, I only do what I see my father doing”. & it was his submission that unlocked authority for him to raise the dead, heal the sick, and cast out demons. The heart of a beloved son or daughter submits to their good father, the heart of an orphan can’t submit to anyone. And so rebellion and a lack of submission to authority in our lives, all that shows is that we are insecure in who God has made us to be.
Heb 13:17 tells us “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you”. Okay – Question I want you to write down. Do you make your leaders’ life a joy? Does leading you bring joy to your parents? Does being on their team make your coach’s life better? Does being your circle leader benefit the life of the leader at your table right now? And an easy way to do that, is just to do this, and write this down, WHATEVER YOU ARE ASKED TO DO, DO THAT AND SOMETHING EXTRA. If your parents ask you to sweep the floor, do that joyfully, and then wash the dishes. If your teacher asks for an assignment on Friday, get it turned in on Thursday. Because that is how your heart goes from a place of “I obey because I have to” to a place like 1 sam 14:7 says “I am with you heart and soul”. Be wholehearted about submitting to authority because….
Point #4 – Submission brings breakthrough. The fastest way to your destiny isn’t through rebellion, it’s through submission. & it might sometimes feel like your life would be so much better if you just didn’t have that boss, that teacher, that parent, that whatever in your life that’s “holding you back”. But we can’t do God’s mission our way, and his way is always through submission. So, man, if you need breakthrough in your life, just do what is right in front of you with a submitted and a surrendered heart. Because David submitted and surrendered to Saul, because he didn’t go and do his own thing, kill Saul, create a rebellion, he got to be one of the ancestors of Jesus and the most famous king Israel ever had. But he had to do it through a lifestyle of submission. Could he have done it his own way? Sure. Would it maybe have not taken 10 years? Sure. But he wouldn’t have gotten the breakthrough and the blessing that he did.
So guys – the question really is, do you trust God? You don’t need to trust your authorities to submit to them, but you need to trust God. & no where in the bible does God bless a decision that is in disagreement with the authorities in someone’s life. And we have this thought that “it’s just me and Jesus, I don’t care what you say, I can hear God better than you anyway”. That’s not how it works. If an authority in your life says no, the answer from God, is no. You keep praying, you keep waiting, and eventually the breakthrough will come. But an authority in your life is NEVER the reason you are “missing out” on something God has for you. What God has for you will always be through the path of submission. & maybe just maybe, God has put you under the authority of someone that has the heart of an orphan, someone with the heart of a rebel, someone with the heart of a slave, or with the heart of a pharisee, so that YOU can show THEM how to live with the heart of a king. Submission to authority is the heart of a king, and we get to learn this now, and be so counter cultural because no where else is going to teach you this, and we get to see our world changed because of the posture of submission we hold in our hearts. Jesus submitted to God when he wanted to get you, we can submit to our authorities, because Hey Valley Creek Students, welcome to student circles. I am so glad you’re hanging out with us today. We are in a series called Heart of a King where we are looking at the life of David for what it means to live with the heart of a king. That we all start with the heart of a slave, a rebel, a pharisee, and an orphan and when we let Jesus be the king of our hearts, he gives us the heart of a king.
& this week I heard a story about a student who after hearing one of the messages was convicted that they had not been treating their teacher with a heart of a king. So they went to them the next day and apologized telling that teacher that God had told them their job as the student was to honor them. I heard a story about a student who heard that you don’t have to agree with someone to honor them and there was another student they weren’t agreeing with and went and apologized for not honoring them in the process, and went as far as to reconcile the relationship. I heard a story about a student who heard that kings don’t live down to the world they live up to the kingdom of God, and in that moment knew that they couldn’t go to a party this weekend because that would have been living down to the world so in that moment they texted their friend that they weren’t going to go.
Guys. Not only are you listening, you are actually letting it change your life, & what I want you to get is that it is incredible spiritual maturity to have the Lord show you an area that you are not fully aligning with his truth, and the second you become aware of it, to do something about it. If you’ve ever wanted to know what spiritual maturity looks like – it’s that. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the heart of a king looks like – its that. So let’s keep leaning in because God has more of us today. Sound good?
We’re going to take some ground in verbally responding, i’ll tell you when, but we can do better than that – so sound good?
Today we are talking about submission. Everyone say submission. & I want you to write this down – Submission to authority is the heart of a king. The word submission literally means to come under (think submarine under the water), to come under someone else’s mission. To use what you have to lift up that person and their mission to see it be accomplished.
& we said we were looking at the life of David and in Acts 13:22 this is what God said about David – “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” David was submitted to the authority of God. If you look at his life he was submitted to his dad, to Samuel the prophet, to foreign kings, and to Saul because David had the heart of a king before he ever was a king.
& I think a lot of us think of “submitting to authority” as this thing you have to do when you’re young. You have to obey your parents and obey your teachers, but submitting to authority isn’t a young person thing, it’s a heart of a king thing. & a lot of times when we think of kings, we think of being able to do whatever you want, never being accountable to anyone, that’s the worlds idea of a king, and there is something in the human spirit that longs for greatness and its because we were created to rule and reign with God, but before we are ever in a position of authority, we have to learn how to submit to the authorities in our life & there are 4 (everyone say 4) 4 very important things we have to understand if we want to live with the heart of a king.
#1 (write this down) Is that All authority comes from God.
Look at the life of David. For 10 years David ran from the evil King Saul. God had rejected Saul as king and appointed David, so Saul wanted to kill David and it’s fascinating that for 10 years David never once led a rebellion, and he never once spoke badly of him. Why? Well in 1 Samuel 24:6 when David’s men were encouraging him to kill Saul he says “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord anointed.” David understood that all authority in his life came from God. I want you to think of who your authorities are right now – you have parents, you have teachers, coaches, church leaders, police officers, bosses, etc. I want you to think of them as I read this – Romans 13:1-2 “Let 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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority (in their life) is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.” Guys – I need you to grasp what a big deal honoring authority is to God. To submit to the authorities in your life is you directly submitting to God. To rebel, to speak against, to even just be difficult to lead, to the authorities in your life, is you directly rebelling against God.
& hear me, I also know how much the authorities in our life don’t always get it right. I know what it’s like to have an authority that you don’t agree with or even think is looking out for your best interests. But either way, God will hold the authorities in your life accountable for how they lead you. But He will hold you accountable to how you submitted to them.
So a question I want you to write down – Is have you been submitting to the authorities in your life as if you were submitting to God?
2nd thing we need to understand is that GOD USES AUTHORITY TO HELP PURIFY OUR HEARTS. Think about it – Why would God have David submit to an evil king for 10 years? *pause* Bc David wasn’t perfect and before God made David king he wanted to develop in him the heart of a king & our hearts are purified when we submit to the authorities in our life. The only time we are biblically allowed to not submit and obey our authorities is if they are asking you to sin. Only time. But check out 1 Sam 15:23, “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshipping idols.” We can all pretty easily agree that witchcraft and worshipping idols are absolutely missing the mark of Gods best for your life. What we have to understand is that God sees our rebellion and stubbornness to authority – talking back to your parents, not submitting your homework on time, not doing what your coach asks you to do on your day off, not responding to your boss’ text – that in the same way is missing the mark of Gods best because it’s just not the heart of a king.
& don’t you know that we all say we are submitted until we have to submit to something or someone that we don’t like. You don’t have the heart of a king when you submit to your parents when they want to take you to Disneyworld. You have the heart of a king when your parents give you a curfew you think is beneath you and you honor it with no backtalk. You have the heart of a king when your boss tells you to clean the bathrooms and you don’t just do a quick spray because that is beneath you but you get on your hands and knees in a disgusting bathroom and scrub because you are doing it as unto the Lord. If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m talking from personal experience here. I know how hard it is to do those things because I have gotten it wrong so many times. But think about this – maybe God has put you under authority you don’t necessarily agree with or like – because he is trying to purify your heart. God gives us man that we can see to teach us how to submit to a God that we can’t see because the only way to get into the kingdom of God is by whole heartedly submitting to the death burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Write this question down – What does how I engage with the authority in my life, tell the people around me about my relationship with Jesus? Because if we can’t submit to them, how in the world are we going to submit to Jesus when he asks us to do something? You submit to the authorities in your life because it’s practice so you can submit to Jesus when it really matters.
3rd thing is this – You have to follow before you can lead. We all one day are going to be in positions of authority, but more than that, we have been given authority by God to bring his kingdom into this world… but you can only be empowered to the level that you are surrendered. You have no authority except for the authority that you are under. & Jesus was the best leader because he was the best follower. He was fully submitted to the authority of God that he said “I can do nothing by myself, I only do what I see my father doing”. & it was his submission that unlocked authority for him to raise the dead, heal the sick, and cast out demons. The heart of a beloved son or daughter submits to their good father, the heart of an orphan can’t submit to anyone. And so rebellion and a lack of submission to authority in our lives, all that shows is that we are insecure in who God has made us to be.
Heb 13:17 tells us “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you”. Okay – Question I want you to write down. Do you make your leaders’ life a joy? Does leading you bring joy to your parents? Does being on their team make your coach’s life better? Does being your circle leader benefit the life of the leader at your table right now? And an easy way to do that, is just to do this, and write this down, WHATEVER YOU ARE ASKED TO DO, DO THAT AND SOMETHING EXTRA. If your parents ask you to sweep the floor, do that joyfully, and then wash the dishes. If your teacher asks for an assignment on Friday, get it turned in on Thursday. Because that is how your heart goes from a place of “I obey because I have to” to a place like 1 sam 14:7 says “I am with you heart and soul”. Be wholehearted about submitting to authority because….
Point #4 – Submission brings breakthrough. The fastest way to your destiny isn’t through rebellion, it’s through submission. & it might sometimes feel like your life would be so much better if you just didn’t have that boss, that teacher, that parent, that whatever in your life that’s “holding you back”. But we can’t do God’s mission our way, and his way is always through submission. So, man, if you need breakthrough in your life, just do what is right in front of you with a submitted and a surrendered heart. Because David submitted and surrendered to Saul, because he didn’t go and do his own thing, kill Saul, create a rebellion, he got to be one of the ancestors of Jesus and the most famous king Israel ever had. But he had to do it through a lifestyle of submission. Could he have done it his own way? Sure. Would it maybe have not taken 10 years? Sure. But he wouldn’t have gotten the breakthrough and the blessing that he did.
So guys – the question really is, do you trust God? You don’t need to trust your authorities to submit to them, but you need to trust God. & no where in the bible does God bless a decision that is in disagreement with the authorities in someone’s life. And we have this thought that “it’s just me and Jesus, I don’t care what you say, I can hear God better than you anyway”. That’s not how it works. If an authority in your life says no, the answer from God, is no. You keep praying, you keep waiting, and eventually the breakthrough will come. But an authority in your life is NEVER the reason you are “missing out” on something God has for you. What God has for you will always be through the path of submission. & maybe just maybe, God has put you under the authority of someone that has the heart of an orphan, someone with the heart of a rebel, someone with the heart of a slave, or with the heart of a pharisee, so that YOU can show THEM how to live with the heart of a king. Submission to authority is the heart of a king, and we get to learn this now, and be so counter cultural because no where else is going to teach you this, and we get to see our world changed because of the posture of submission we hold in our hearts. Jesus submitted to God when he wanted to get you, we can submit to our authorities, because maybe just maybe that’s how God wants to reach them.

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