Authority and Power

Matthew 28:18 – 20
(On his way back to heaven) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus has the authority, we have the power, he is here with us – always. What’s the difference between authority and power? We do need both.

Nothing changes without both working together e.g. a judge has the authority to send you to jail but the jailer has the power to lock you up. The judge can’t lock you up (he doesn’t work in jails) and the jailer doesn’t determine the length of your sentence (he doesn’t work in a courtroom). These are completely different functions, working in harmony with each other to be effective. With no connection with each other, the system falls down.

Jesus has all the necessary authority to get things moving, to change things. He has chosen not to do it alone. Without us, nothing will change as we have been given the power to implement change.

Going it alone is a bad idea. We are talking about a working partnership here. God’s authority and your power. He works out what he wants done and where he wants it done and when he wants it done and we are in partnership with him to do it, according to his detailed plan.

Pray. Listen and pray. We can’t do more than pray until after we have prayed. Every day ought to be a mission briefing. Get the plan from the boss and go!