Our verse for today comes from John 14:10, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”
In the movie Silverado , four cowboys, two of which are brothers, end up together in the town of Silverado. And though each of them came to town under their own set of unique circumstances, they soon find themselves fighting together against the injustice that is lording over the town. One of the cowboys, Paden, finds his way into the saloon, where he happens to know the owner. It turns out that Paden and this man, Cobb, used to make a less-than-honest living together, before Paden’s conscience convinced him otherwise. But running a saloon is not all that Cobb does in town. As fate would have it, Cobb is also the sheriff, and his band of men are the deputies. And though it would appear that Cobb is an upright citizen, he is actually the same dishonest man he always was, but now he has the authority of the badge behind him. And when Cobb takes that authority and twists it for his own sake, people get hurt and the whole town suffers. At least until the four cowboys fight for what is right.
Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, the living God in human flesh, the One who did and said so many incredible things, made it crystal clear that all that He did and all that He said came entirely from His Father’s authority? Nothing about Him had anything to do with His own agenda. Nothing he said was for His own sake. Never did He speak to attain anything for Himself. No deed or miracle was to promote His name. All that He did and all that He was about came from His Father. In truth, Jesus is God and our minds cannot separate the two, just as they cannot comprehend three being one. But while Jesus walked this earth, He modeled for us the perfect picture of submission to authority. The words He spoke, and those given to us in the Holy Bible, are our utmost authority for living. And any dismissal of His revelation is to buck that authority. That’s a group that includes Lucifer, Pharaoh, Pilate, Judas, and on and on. They might be an authority, but it’s not on pleasing God.
As we seek Him today, ask God to shape your heart so that it desires and cherishes the authority of His revealed Word.