“For I also am a man placed under authority…” Luke 7:8a
A centurion understood the mantle of authority. We can learn from a Roman officer, growing together as the body of Christ.
Authorities are everywhere! We know civil authorities. These are to function without prejudice, performing their weighty duties, whether officers who enforce laws, or judges who preside over legal issues. Political authorities have competing ideologies for their jurisdictions. General authorities surface for everything else.
Whom can you trust? Our difficulty becomes that of discernment; the qualifications, opinions and veracity of “authorities” are uneven.
Back to the centurion: it’s a good step to recognize one with real authority. The bigger step is to place oneself—willingly—under that authority. The temptation is to follow one who suits your views and prejudices, though that path is fraught with dangers.
For the body—believers in the Son of God, Jesus—the issue should be settled. We confess Him now, not just at the last when …at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
We must choose obedience, for “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
What He declares, we are to be. What He confirms, we dare not alter. What He encourages, we emulate. What He demonstrates, we make our pattern for living.
Is He one among many authorities you consider, or is He The Authority you submit to? Your answer makes all the difference, now and eternally.
Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” Luke 9:35