The spirit of a leader
Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live. ~ C.S. Lewis
The people were amazed when Jesus read the Scriptures in the synagogue because-unlike the scribes and Pharisees- he spoke as one having authority (Matthew 7:28, 29).
What was the source of Jesus’ authority? He said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). His authority came from the Father.
How did Jesus possess the authority the Father gave Him? In John 8:29 Jesus says, “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” In John 14:30 Jesus says, “. . . the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me,” Or, as the KJV phrases it, “. . .the prince of this world cometh but he has nothing in me.” Jesus was given His Father’s authority. He took possession of that authority through obedience.
Godly leaders have been given authority to rule in sphere where God has placed them. However, their authority does not come from position. It comes from obedience. Why did Moses’ authority supersede the authority of Pharaoh, king of Egypt? Moses’ authority was given to him by God. He took possession of that authority through obedience. Why did Daniel’s authority supersede the authority of every king of Babylon under which he served? Daniel also possessed God-given authority through his obedience to God (Daniel 1:8, 6:10).
Because we are His disciples, Jesus has also given us the authority that He received from the Father (Luke 10:19). However, we will take possession of that authority as we yield to the Lordship of Christ through obedience.
How can you possess the authority that was given to you by Jesus Christ?
- Ask God to search your heart and show you where your heart strays from obedience (Psalm 139:23, 24).
- Walk humbly before God and man (I Peter 5:5, 6).
- Do not allow your position to cause your heart to be lifted up (II Chronicles 26:16).
- Determine to respond with a firm YES! when God asks you to take the next step of obedience.
Author: Kathryn H. Creasy: Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship
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