It does not take long for kids to learn the line of authority. A common accusation among our children is “you are not my boss”. They learn quickly who the boss is and who is not. There are times that we will tell one of the children to go and tell one of their siblings to do something. When that occurs, they are going under the authority of their parents. When their sibling refuses you hear, “mommy said so”. They learn that they have more power when they speak from our authority. This is a trait that will serve them well the rest of their life. We all have those who are in authority over us, those who are our equals, and those who answer to us. When those in authority speak, we must listen and obey or face the consequences that come with it.
I realized early on in ministry that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with standing behind a pulpit. When I stand before a church I do not stand there under my own authority. I stand under the authority of God and I must take that very seriously. That authority can be easily abused and used to lead people away from God. My authority is only good when I am a faithful messenger of God’s Word. That is why I work hard to remain faithful to the Word of God. It is only in speaking truth that my words have any authority over anyone.
This is why I preach most of the time through a section of the Bible. It is God’s Word that changes lives, not a person’s ability at persuasive speech. If my conclusions are not backed by Scripture, they are wasted words. It is amazing to see when I am faithful to allow God’s Word to speak for itself how God uses it to minister to people right where they are. My words fail. My words can return void. But God’s Word abides forever. God’s Word never fails. God’s Word never returns void. When I preach you will not hear “because I said so.” You will hear “because the Bible says so.” My prayer every week is for you to hear and heed the voice of God.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13