One Little Word…

10 Oct 2006

“No one takes [my life] from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
John 10:18

When I gave a command as a Staff sergeant in the Army, I expected the person receiving the command to carry out the instructions because of my rank of authority. When I give orders at my place of work as a Senior Manager, I expect my orders to be carried out because of my position of authority. In either case, I give a command or orders and someone has to do the work of the instructions.

God came to us in human form. Jesus taught with authority. His very words are in of themselves power. His authority is self-contained. He does not need someone to execute the orders as humans in authority need. His word as the omniscient and omnipresent God carries imbedded in it the power to execute the command. “Let there be light…and light came into existence.” “Put forth you hand” Jesus commanded and the hand became whole. They will point the way.” He also made it crystal clear that everything He spoke or did was exactly as His Father in heaven wished.

Jesus made it abundantly clear that He had authority. “Look and believe the miracles” He told one crowd, “if you cannot at first believe in Me. We a mere mortal cannot grasp this kind of power. Who can visualize and then speak something into existence? Who has such power in themselves that the words they speak are the power to accomplish without help from someone or something else? The Eternal God has no need for charms, enchantments, magic potions or wands. He simply thinks and speaks a word. His spoken word is sufficient.

So what does this mean to me? Should I not pay attention to the words of the Creator of the universe…the Creator of me? His words are never given as suggestions. They are always commands given in love. But they are still commands and as such, they will be carried out. If I know this, should I not be listening better? Is this realization not a nudging by the Holy Spirit toward greater obedience?

Heavenly Father. Help me to be attentive to Your words. Help me to trust Your promises and to obey Your commands. Make me more like Jesus so that others may see You.

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