In the workplace, or church, or neighborhood, or sports team, is it easy for a casual observer to determine the pecking order? Can they figure out who's in charge either formally, or informally?
In Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus, he didn't want any doubt about who the real voice of authority is:
21 Be willing to obey each other. Do this because you respect Christ.
22 Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as of the Lord.
25 Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church. Christ died for the church 26 to make it belong to God.
Ephesians 5:21-22, 25-26a ICB
4 Fathers, do not make your children angry, but raise them with the training and teaching of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your masters here on earth with fear and respect. And do that with a heart that is true, just as you obey Christ. 6 You must do more than obey your masters to please them only while they are watching you. You must obey them as you are obeying Christ. With all your heart you must do what God wants.
Ephesians 6:4-6 ICB
or it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise[a] to God.”
Romans 14: 11 RSV (Phillipians 2:10 AMP, Isaiah 45:23 AMP)
Just remember, Dear Reader, we're all in the same boat. The more we love the Lord, the easier it is to respect and respond to the voices of authority in our lives.