How do we understand the following verses together:

Heb_13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Mar 10:42  But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mar 10:43  But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Mar 10:44  And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
Mar 10:45  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

It is true that we are all here in training to be Kings and Priests in the Kingdom of God. But is that how we are to exercise that authority as a King over those that He rules?

I submit that when you put the two sets of scriptures together, that God is showing us that to be a spiritual ruler in the servant sense is to be a COACH.

Our leaders should function more as coaches than kings at least in this lifetime where we are all fallible human beings.

Think about it. A coach is responsible for the success of His team. Look at all that he is responsible to do:

  • He has to physically train his team so that they can function with out tiring out before the game is over.
  • He must teach each of his players the skills needed to be successful in the Game.
  • He must teach them team skills so they can learn to play together as a team relying on each other to be truly successful. To be successful in a game or a battle you cannot stand alone where forces can be arrayed against you by yourself. You need the actions of your teammates to strengthen your position.
  • He must make sure that they have the opportunities to practice these skills and keep them physically and spiritually in shape.

But there are things that they Coach/Ruler cannot do for you. He cannot play the game with you. He must stay on the sidelines. From there he can run the plays, make suggestions, heal the injured and such but he must stay on the sidelines or he breaks the rules of the game.

It is up to us to take all that the coach has given us and put them into play. We owe a lot to our coaches but at the end of the day our fate resides in our own hands and how we played the game.

Truly there is a weight of responsibility on our coaches for they must give account for our spiritual performance. BUT it is OUR responsibility to use what God has given us through the efforts of our coaches.

So brethren respect the coaches/rulers that God has placed over us for the job they have to do and the responsibility that God has put on them because of their role as teachers, who in many ways are our servants as well. But in the end it is your responsibility to use what you have been given properly, not theirs.

We are the ones who have to stand before our God not our coaches, except in their own roles as followers of Christ.

We are in the fourth Quarter of the Game, brethren. Knowing that Christ is coming to each of us to help us as a coach to strengthen our game so that we can win.

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Christ wants to give us the additional training that we need, personally. Listen for Him our lives may well depend on it.