March 14th Lenten Devotional

By Whose Authority?

Kristin Rometti Pike

Mark 11:27-33

When the Pharisees and scribes come to Jesus demanding an answer to their question, he does something I have often tried to emulate – he turns the question back on his examiners. By answering a question with another question, Jesus is refusing to be entangled in the agenda of his accusers. He forces the religious leaders to be responsible for the answer they seek. The subject of the leaders’ question – John the Baptist – was also able to point the authorities away from himself. John directed their attention to the one who would follow him – Jesus. Both of them were able to keep the focus where it needed to be – on God and God’s authority.

That is something many of us struggle with. We want to take credit for our actions, for our successes, but without the gifts and blessings God gives to us, how exactly do we accomplish anything? Yes, I worked hard in school and learned my lessons and wrote my papers, but true success is about so much more than that. Authority is about so much more than earthly endeavors and successful ventures. There are many different types of authority, but which one really matters? If we gained it through fear or manipulation it will not last. It is only through our witness to the one whose living authority binds us to the heart of the creator that we find our true authority to live authentically as we were created to live. So the question today is where does your authority come from?

Dear God, help me to seek out your wisdom and your plan for me as I remember that all true authority over my life comes from you, not from anything I could accomplish alone. Amen.

Kristin Pike is the Pastor of Community United Presbyterian in Hartford, IA

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