Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Epitome Of Authority
Merriam~Webster defines the word authority as: the power to influence or command thought, opinion or behavior; a convincing force.
Listening to today's Gospel, we can see how these definitions apply to Jesus. Through His teaching in the synagogue He was able to influence the thoughts of those who heard Him; they no longer listened to the scribes because they were amazed by what they heard from Jesus, He was for them, a convincing force.
The unclean spirit recognized Him as the Holy One of God, and Jesus had power and influence over this spirit. Jesus is the epitome of true authority.
How does this transfer into my own life? Do I allow Jesus' words, works and teaching to influence my thoughts and behaviors? Am I amazed by Him, so much so that I listen only to His voice and not to the scribes of this world? Has Jesus become the convincing force in my life and does my life convince others of Him?
When I am finally able to honestly answer yes to these questions, I will have submitted myself over completely to Jesus' loving and powerful authority.
I want to submit myself to You completely. Help me to humbly recognize You as the authority in and of my life so that I may live according to Your teaching. May my life in You convince those around me of Your existence. May I always be amazed by You.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.