Under authority

RE Verse reading–Acts 1:1-8 (day six)  “Gathering them together He COMMANDED them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised”  (vs 4)  There is a great story in Luke 7.  It tells of a Roman Centurian who came to Christ seeking help.  He describes Himself as, “a man under authority, with soldiers (also) placed under me” (Luke 7:8)  Experiencing authority from both sides (as commander and commanded) the Centurian understood the respect that was required of him in relating to Christ.   Jesus was impressed.  He identified the Centurian’s understanding was an essential ingredient of faith.  Perhaps we have drifted from this insight.  If we believe in Christ we will also submit to His authority.  We will not resist His commands–even when He requires us to wait.  Kingdoms require both Kings and loyal subjects.  How blessed we are to have a commander worthy of our trust.  How wise we are to submit to His commands becoming people under authority.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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