The big take home thought from Sunday’s sermon is this:
Authority is a big part of our interior life.
Andrew, our pastor, began the sermon with an astute observation that these days, “we aren’t really into authority unless it agrees with us.”
Few people like being told what to do or think and people in authority don’t often like their authority questioned. Just the word, “authority” conjures up negative images for many of us.
And yet, authority is a major biblical theme.
In Mark 11.27-33, chief priests, teachers of the law and elders challenged Jesus’ authority because they had power over everything in Israel – family, community guidelines, family and the temple. They were in charge and their questions set Jesus up for failure.
“By what authority are you doing these things,” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
Jesus wasn’t to be fooled. He came back with a counter offer. “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
His question stumped the leaders and they folded.
These leaders came to challenge Jesus but instead, Jesus exposed something in their lives. They claimed that God was their authority but in reality, they were their own authority.
Andrew brought us to the question, “So, who/what is the true authority in your life and how do you respond to authority?
I believe that Jesus is my ultimate authority and that God gave Jesus that authority.
That’s the correct answer, right?
But what does daily life really look like when this truth of His authority and grace pours over me? Would I be more surrendered, humble or loving? Would I be less demanding, quick-tempered or impatient?
One of my favourite verses is John 13.3 – Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God . . . knelt down and washed the apostles’ feet.
Do I surrender to my authority and do I serve out of love?
Something to think about this week.