Real authority is recognised not demanded.
The story of the angry husband and father that follows this heading is a really great story that highlights when folk demanding authority. I could see myself saying almost the same to the leader of my first church which turned into a cult, little wonder, what we were taught was terribly wonky if I may use that language.
In my cult life you didn't need to go far to find that authority was always demanded.
This this whole chapter really just spoke volumes to me and a lot of it it I wish I had known then not that I'm crying because God has taught me many valuable lessons. It's just so enjoyable to read this book and discover what is really the truth especially when it's showing how people demand authority, set up the hierarchy that they do and play with people's lives.
If you have to demand authority, you don't have it.
My next quote I feel is a massive part of what church life is what it's really all about.
Real authority establishes the kingdom.
The authority of the church was never to manage our institutions or preserve sound doctrine, but to co-labour alongside Jesus as his prayer is answered: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As powerful as community is between brothers and sisters and as much as he wants us to delight in growing, healthy relationships that share his life together, the fruit of that community is to extend the effective range of God’s will by walking alongside him in prayer and declaration of the power of the kingdom.
As I contemplate this paragraph I see a picture of a community all living, walking, talking and breathing the love of the God. After all if Father loves us enough to go to all the trouble of waiting and working to win my affections the way He so patiently does, sending His son, the Cross etc etc.. what would a whole community look like all living under the effective range of God's will? Wow!!
This scripture comes to mind as I move towards it finding this,
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt 11:29-30 NIV)
or what I really love is this version,
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28-30 MSG)
from Colnbrook near Heathrow UK.