By What Authority

By What Authority

Jesus frequently found Himself in conflict with the religious and political leaders of His day. When He ignored or replaced their teaching and traditions, they bristled, challenging His right to make changes. “By what authority?” was their common rebuff. Whose authority undergirds your leadership decisions? As you set your sights on leading like Jesus, let God-confidence strengthen you to do what is right in the eyes of God, regardless of opposition.

Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” –Matthew 21:23

Prayer: God, teach us to lead like Jesus. Teach us to listen to You above all others. Let us lead with You alone as our audience and for the benefit of others. May Your authority mark our words and actions as we submit ourselves to You in Jesus’ name, amen.