We are very inclined to be self-reliant, only to conform to others’ authority from necessity. When not engaged in the workplace or school or the market place, we hear various overtures to the unfounded notion that we are so self-reliant:
You can’t tell me what to do! Just because you say so doesn’t mean anything! I make my own rules? Who says?
This posturing exemplifies our love of our individual liberty. But at what cost? We assume we have the authority to do whatever we want. Some twisted logic creeps in, and sure enough, we are off and running like the ball in the pinball machine.
The only authority we have is the authority from God, and we as agents of that authority dictate and rule our lives accordingly. Like Christ, we have the authority to serve, not to dominate and control. Now, Jesus does not persuade, argue, or defend his position with the chief priests and elders of the temple. In fact, a position is limiting. Our own station in life and all the supposed rights and privileges that go with it are temporal.
Jesus’ authority is everlasting. The elders must face their dilemma to accept Jesus as the Messiah or to hold steadfast to their positions. To accept Jesus loosens their foothold. Jesus is a threat.
So, how do we exercise our authority? Certainly, we do not go forth intimidating and threatening: do this; do that. The authority given to us is full of love and compassion as we reach out to others. We trust in the Spirit to “take it from there.”
Let the world know how grateful we are to God to give us the authority to love and serve others. They will know us by our love.
Let Us Pray:
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my savior. (Psalm 25:4-5)
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