Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men. (1 Pet. 2:13)

MY DAD SAID I had a lead foot. He was referring to my tendency to go over the speed limit. It seemed I was always in a hurry to get somewhere, and I was running behind in the process. Sure, I had a guilty feeling in my spirit every time I passed a speed-limit sign, but I always found a way to justify my accelerated pace. That mind-set was quickly challenged.

I sat in a courtroom, waiting for my name to be called. As each person approached the judge’s desk, I wanted to sink further into my seat. I had thought it was embarrassing to be pulled to the side of the road by a police officer, but this? This exposed my guilt full force. Even worse, the judge was likely aware of my husband’s standing as a pastor in the community. It felt as if my racing lifestyle had demeaned the integrity of his witness.

God asks us to submit to human institutions of authority because His holy name is on the line. As Christ’s image bearers, we represent Him to everyone we meet. They know we profess to be different because of our relationship with the Lord, and they’re watching to see how we live. Our actions provide a persuasive verdict.

To honor the Lord, submit to those in authority.

Sally Ferguson and her husband enjoy treasure hunting together at garage sales.