“For the body is not one member, but many…….If the whole body were an eye,
where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of
smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them,” (1 Corinthians 12: 14, 17-18)
Before we delve into today’s word, I want to look at the definition for authority. Webster's says authority is “the power or right to command.” Within the word authority, we see the word author. It is easy to derive from that part of the word that he who has authority, has been authorized to use their authority by God.
As a young child, I was terribly shy, but talkative. I know that sounds somewhat like an oxymoron, but it is how God had created me. I used talking in my earlier years to get attention and to make people listen to me. Honestly, sometimes, I talked just to babble on and on, as if I enjoyed hearing my own voice a bit too much. My excessive talking did not come without consequence. While in school, I was disciplined for too much talking, more than once. I think that was because at home, I was rarely allowed the freedom to talk.
Looking back, I see now that every time I was in choir or a specialty group in the school, I was developing my authority, as well. Every time I sang a solo for state, I was developing the authority that God was putting upon me, even though, at the time, I did not recognize God at work in my life.
As I grew, found the Lord, and begin to understand how the Body of Christ works, I realized that God has given each of us authority in Him. My authority in Christ permits me to speak and sing about the wonders of God, to teach others about His mysteries, and to counsel others who are in need. Once I began to realize my authority, I stopped trying to do what others were doing. I stopped trying to use my gifts in an unauthorized manner, and I began to appreciate the Body of Christ all the more. I came to the realization though I have many gifts, that I have authority to use the ones purposed for me by God to lead others to the saving knowledge of Christ. In fact, all of us are authorized, through our special gifts and talents, to use them according to the Great Commission.
I have been given a gift, a God-given gift of authority to speak boldly, powerfully and convincingly on behalf of the Lord. Each time I exercise that authority, there is a sense of completeness within me. I sense the Lord more powerfully in those moments of my life than at any other time. It is the same when I sing His praises before people. He has given me several songs through the years, allowing me to use my authority in praise to crush the enemy, then the spoken Word, to win souls. I am blessed that God saw fit to use a once too talkative and very shy girl to proclaim the goodness of the Lord.
What authority has God given you? Look at your natural and spiritual gifts and go from there. Every one of us has been placed in the Body of Christ for such a time as this, and that is to use our God-given authority to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. I encourage each of you to be something that I cannot, and that is to be yourself! I cannot fulfill your God given authority in the Body of Christ any more than you can fulfill mine.
Lastly, let us remember also that “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Col.
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!