In life it is often difficult to respect those who seem to either treat us unfair or who are not kind to us at all. We may have experienced this through either teachers, bosses, parents, or those in the government. But our passage condemns Christians who do not respect and serve those who are of higher authority even if they mistreat you. Luke 6:32 says, “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.” This is similar to what is said in our passage (v. 20). We have to be servants to those of higher authority who may mistreat us, because if we serve them with the right motives we can be a witness of Christ.
Jesus is our greatest example to follow in this (v. 21-25). He never committed a sin, never hurt anyone, never treated anyone wrong, but He was put on the cross by those of earthly authority. Ultimately, Jesus went to the cross to take away the sins of the world (v. 24), but those political and religious leaders were the ones who decided to put Him there. Notice that Jesus never lost faith in His Father: “continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” Even in the midst of these trials and sufferings, Jesus knew who was in control.
Do not lose hope in times of trials. Those of higher authority may mistreat you, but take heart and lean on Jesus, because He knows what you are going through. My prayer is that you will use trials in your life as an opportunity to show Jesus to those who do not know Him through your actions and words.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice