“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.'” John 17:1-2
There are many people in the world for whom having authority over others is of the utmost importance. But, do they really understand what having authority means? It doesn’t just mean dictating to a person or group of people what they should be doing and punishing them if they don’t fall into line. Godly authority, whether in a church, home, or other situation, means that there is a responsibility to the people. There is an obligation that comes along with the oversight, to make sure that the people under your care are being cared for.
Jesus was the ultimate example of this. His Father had given Him authority over mankind – not to be a dictator, but to give us eternal life. His authority carried with it a responsibility towards our souls.
Who are you in authority over? Is it your spouse, your children, co-workers, or maybe people in a ministry? As you go through your day, consider not only your authority over them, but your responsibility towards them. Why has God placed them in your path? Pray that He will show you His will for those you are responsible for. Pray that you will be used as His instrument in their lives.
Jesus knew the responsibility that came with His authority. Do you?