“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” -Matthew 28:18
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.” -Titus 3:1
Yay!! My new book on Authority just arrived! I’m so excited to complete this study. It’s central theme is Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” It’s a year long study that addresses a specific area of the theme each month. I’m sure that I will be talking about it some with you here as I progress in my study.
Recognizing and respecting God’s authority over our lives, the authority of the Bible, and the authority of Christ is so important. We see glimpses of that importance in our everyday lives in the earthly authorities that God has put in place. Without authority in place, there would be no order and people would do whatever they wanted to do.
The Lord has Supreme authority, and He gets to direct and instruct us on what to do and how to do it – by way of His Word – because we belong to Him. We have nothing, are nothing, and can do nothing by our own selves. But it’s God who enables us to do any and all things. He is the One who made us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3). I think a good illustration of authority and ownership can be likened to personal ownership and authority.
For instance, my personal thoughts, writings, and property (including intellectual property) are my own and I have complete and full rights (authority) over and to any of those things that belong to me. You can even see on my Reproduction Policy page how that no one is permitted to distribute, disseminate, share, publish, or use in any way my writings, documents, or any other thing that belongs to me without obtaining my permission to do so. It’s true for my blog site and it’s true anywhere else my belongings are, too. (By the way, if you weren’t aware, then consider yourself notified. You may navigate to my policy via the Home page.) My rights, meaning my authority over my own self (intellectual property) and my own belongings (whatever is mine and not yours) must be respected. That’s how ownership and authority works.
The same is true with God; it is in Him that we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). And if we want to do anything, we have to seek God’s permission and His will for what He would have us to do. And we must respect His authority and His right over our lives. His Word guides us and has the intent purpose to govern our lives so that we can live holy as God wants us to be. I’m thankful for His Word, I’m thankful that I belong to Him, and I’m thankful that He is the Author and Finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2).
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:6