My mother is a wonderful person. I never get tired of bragging about her. She has a quiet spirit about her that I deeply appreciate. Perhaps this quiet spirit is the reason she pasted a bumper sticker to our kitchen window. It read, “I’m the Mommy. That’s why!” There were times when I needed a healthy reminder to obey, and mom would simply point to the bumper sticker.
I am so grateful my parents taught me the value of obedience and submission. They demanded my submission to those in authority over me. Submitting to authority has served me well in my academic, athletic, and professional careers. Teachers and coaches were not afraid to raise the bar, because they knew I would give my best effort to meet their expectations. My boss does me a great honor when he says he has full confidence that I will accomplish whatever he assigns, because I am faithful.
Submission to authority has also served me well in my relationship with Jesus Christ. If God said it, then I want to obey it. It is as simple as that. I know submission and obedience are not as popular as they used to be. They were probably never overly popular anyway. We want to be our own authority. We want to call our own shots as if to shout to the world, “Who are you to tell me what to do?!”
Jesus has a pretty good answer to that question. He is the Creator of the world who holds all things together. He is the Savior of the world. Jesus was born without sin, lived a perfect life, died for people He loves, defeated death, and currently sits at the right hand of Father God. Nothing escapes Jesus’ attention, and nothing occurs apart from His sovereign will.
Jesus’ name is above every name, and He is the ultimate authority. It is from this measure of authority that Jesus commands His people to make disciples of all the nations. He essentially said, “Because I said so.” I expect some will bristle at this idea. Some have the notion that God lives for us, but the opposite is the truth. We live for God. We live to honor and worship Him. He is God, and we are not. We obey Him, not the other way around.
Why do we make disciples? Because Jesus said so.
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”