Thursday, March 11, 2010

Devotional -Snapshot 35 - Authority

"The world is not necessary to God in the same way God is necessary to the world." William Temple Devotional Classics

"Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?" Luke 20:1, 2 NKJV

It would have been so easy for Jesus to answer by what authority He was teaching, preaching, healing. But He did not. He had no legal papers, no references from powerful men; no badges, medals, or awards.

He was His own authority. He commanded and it was done. He did not pray in any name. He did not heal in any name. He was the Name. "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name..." Philippians 2:9

What a wonder You are! You command and immediately and simply it is done. You did not have to search your heart for sin, pray loud, pray soft, pray with others, pray in a name. You were it! You spoke, it was done. You did not have to prepare ahead by prayer and fasting. You were always in a state of preparedness, perfectly ready to be used by the Father, because You lived it perfectly and because You were the perfection.

You are the supreme power. There is no other authority under heaven. You have need of nothing...and yet, You chose me and placed Your love upon me. This is too wonderful. I thank You.

When my little nephew, Cody, was only three, he came running to his mother. "Here I am!" he shouted, "The little boy you love!"

Here I am, Jesus, the little girl that You love!

The world is not necessary to God in the same way that God is necessary to the world.

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