Solomon did two things in verse 15 that are important for all of us to remember. First, he acknowledged the One who was in authority above him by leaving Gibeon and offering sacrifices to the Lord in Jerusalem. Then he honored those he was in authority over by holding a feast for his servants. Every leader has 360 degrees of accountability. Even the mightiest earthly ruler must acknowledge that his or her authority is given by God (Rom. 13:1) and that Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority. In Him, all things hold together (Col. 1:15-17). As the risen Messiah, all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Him (Matt. 28:18).
But godly leaders must also remember that the same Jesus who has had everything placed under His feet (Eph. 1:22) was the One who washed the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17). This same Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This is the model of leadership we are to follow. We are to be servant-leaders who follow Christ Jesus in total dependency while simultaneously leading others in total humility.
How do you treat the authorities above you? What about those you are in authority over?