Consent

What do you think about authority? When I was coming of age in the 70’s, authority was something to be questioned and not to be trusted. When I was in business, I pushed against the authorities to get promoted in a male-dominated culture. In our democratic society we think that power is shared and the people have the authority; we don’t have to submit to anyone. Those in authority don’t always have the best interests of others in mind.

In my life, I have resisted submitting to authority. Being obedient sounds like I am giving up my personal control and power. That is not how I thought I should live.

But Jesus has a great deal to teach us about authority, humility and obedience. In just the last couple of years, I have tried to add obedience and submitting to authority as a spiritual practice. I push myself to become obedient to Jesus and to others he has placed in my life in specific circumstances. It’s not easy but I think the gifts have been many and I have found that my power has not been diminished.

My “active prayer” sentence since November has been “God, I consent to your power, presence and light.” Consenting to God has opened me up to see how God is working in my life. It’s been a difference maker.

Tomorrow we will hear of Jesus' power and authority from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 1, verses 21-28. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. to gather and give praise and honor to the one who’s servant authority guides our lives. Bring a can or two of soup in honor of Super Bowl Sunday to give to Paris Elementary to fill a food pantry for their students.

Grace and peace,
Vikki


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