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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Authority


Authority - is the power or right to perform certain acts without impediment. It is based on a law, whether divine, civil, or moral. It is further defined as the power to enforce rules or give orders. In these definitions there is somewhat absent the intent of accountability and service or servant hood. There is an attitude prevalent, that authority is the power to assert one's position regardless of the consequence for the whole or individuals affected.
In Revelation 2:26 states. "...he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations..." This authority is an earned power, a power that is granted by one who has all power. In Luke 10;19 Jesus said " Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."; as well in Isaiah 22:21 "... and I will clothe him with your tunic and tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust him with your authority, and he will become a father..." There is a stronger sense of the gentle, servant leadership implied in God's plan, than the imposition of lordship. There is an underlying aspect of ownership, an understanding of the purposes of God and an acceptance of the circumstances which have come about in the attainment of authority. God has a plan which regardless of your personal bent towards your life-course has as an end result the glorification of Himself. In this life-course we sometimes have to go through situations which develop and fine tune our input and ability to exert authority. This authority is that which ministers to the body, not that which commands. This authority is that which God has prepared us for, to speak into people life. Life which in turn commands it's own authority, that which allows the pursuit of purity, maturity, responsibility, etc.. Rulers are to be fathers, their value is found in their piety, their usefulness, the honour they seek to bring to their family, their God.

Can or does God trust me with His authority? What am I doing that comforts God with the assurance that His investment in me is receiving an adequate return? In Matthew 25:14 and following the parable is told of the talents and the three men who were granted gifts from their master and their subsequent investments of those gifts and the rewards and punishment for the administration of those gifts. Two of the men paid the price in terms of dedication, focus, the taking of risk in order to multiply the gift and reward the giver for the trust placed in them. This achievement came as a result of their rising to the occasion, believing that the Master's calling was worthy of any and all of their efforts. It is an illustration of the use and in one instance the waste of opportunity. Faithfulness is what God demands of us and fruitfulness is that which comes as a result of obedience.

Romans 12:1 says, "...present yourselves a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your intelligent service." We are asked by God to lay down that which is most precious to us, that which we protect above and beyond all other things, that which we love, (we guard and protect what we love the most) and submit to a King. The crux of the question lies in Am I willing? The price to pay in order to have authority may require more than I am willing to accept as reasonable payment. The kingdom is a theocracy and if I am unwilling to take orders than Hell becomes a better place for me than Heaven. Obedience resides in the decision to do whatever I get to do, as opposed to doing what I have to do. This is the difference between the responsible attitude towards obedience and the irresponsible attitude towards obedience. The presentation of myself as a living sacrifice now becomes an exercise of reward, knowing that the price paid is not only reasonable, but of little consequence in terms of actual cost.

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