Gifts, calling, talents, career, title, role, task are avenues for His Authority to be shown, yet are not the actual ‘sign’ of same. How do we recognize God’s Authority on an individual? or even in ourselves?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matt 7:21-22
It’s possible to have a certain power and authority, it’s even possible to wield it to great affect….however, to who’s benefit?
Jesus walked, talked, taught, spoke, prayed, hung out with all manner of people…yet He had no actual ”job description”. People called Him Rabbi and Teacher…who do you call Him?
Jesus walked in Power and Authority ‘not His own’…that is He, acknowledged that everything He did and said He sought the Father on. He only did what He saw the Father doing and only spoke what He heard the Father speaking. Jesus spent significant time alone, and yes indeed, praying to His Father in Heaven. This pattern is clearly something for us to follow Him in. He was totally reliant on God – even though He was God, incarnate on earth. Jesus learnt obedience to the Father.
He submitted Himself constantly. His thoughts were not His alone, but the thoughts of the Father. Sound familiar? We have the mind of Christ…and so many places in scripture points us always back to Him. Jesus walked in the Authority bestowed on Him by the Father, because of His reliance on the Father. God gave Jesus Power and Authority because He knew Jesus would not abuse it…would not use it for His own personal gain or power battles with people. God is not a power broker….dealing it out willy-nilly, so that everyone has a bit of it.
He knows who He can trust and who are His own, those that yield to Him – will wield His Power and Authority.
Like Jesus, they do not rely on anything of themselves, leaning not on their own understanding, but in all their ways, acknowledging Him.
Jesus said: “All authority has been given to me.” Matt 28:17
“..whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.’ John 16:23
“Greater things than these shall you do.” John 14:12-14
(I encourage you to look up these passages and read them in the whole context.)
Who do you say Jesus is? our answer will be…in who’s Authority.