Posted by: pastordarren | September 24, 2008

Authority

Authority.

Just that simple word can bring up so many mixed and strong emotions.  On one hand we don’t want any authority over us because we want to be independant.  Especially in the Christian Church (DOC), that word does not sit well with many.

But we all will look for authority in areas that we don’t know a lot about or need help in various ways.  We look for an authority in financial issues; we seek out authorities on car or home repair; we seek out authorities when it comes to computer issues.  These are but some of the different areas where we maybe lacking in knowledge and we look to others who know more and are an authority for help.

If you look at any book store, there are hundreds of books that deal with improvig our lives and helping us out of problems so that we can live better.  This also can include our spiritual life.  There are many authors and TV personalities (too many to mention), who will give us guidance and direction in our life, and if the book sales in any indication, there are many who are looking.

But with all these authorities, giving us many times conflicting advice, who do we believe and who do we follow?

Jesus talks about this issue in Matthew 21:23-32.  The religious leaders are asking Jesus by what authority he is doing these things and teaching the way he is teaching.  His answer puts them in a dilemma.  Read the passage below:

Mat 21:23-32
And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Jesus’ authority comes from God but it is not an authority that is forced upon us.  It is our choice whether or not we are to follow, but whether or not we follow shows where our faith, trust, and who are authority in life is.

Do we follow, talk show hosts, famous Christian and non Christian authors, pastors, teachers, and others more than we follow Jesus?  Some of these are important because we can not know everything, yet when it comes down to it, Jesus has to be our ultimate authority on life and we need to live it each and every day.

What do you think when you hear the word ‘authority’?  Who are some of the authorities in your life?  What kind of authority is Jesus to you?  Let me know.

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