Friday, 24 July 2020
Luke 20:1-2 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to Him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority."
Who gave you permission to do this? This is the common cry these days when we share something of the gospel with people or when we speak out with some truth from God's word. Who gave you permission to interfere in my life, to offer an alternative narrative to the one I have chosen to hear and obey?
Hey, get used to it. The world is (still) in rebellion against God. Of course they don't like - as individuals or as society - being called on the way they conduct their lives, their businesses, their government. This will happen and, in an age that is becoming increasingly selfish, self-seeking and self-promoting, people are becoming less and less tolerant of others who have a different view than theirs, particularly when they present it with a claim to authority such as the Bible or - worse still - speaking for God; a God whom people prefer not to deny but to ignore and pretend doesn't exist.
But our authority is the same as Jesus' authority. Remember what He said:
Matthew 28:18-20 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
We have no choice. Neither do they, either, when it comes to that. There is only one way: God's way!