During this past week’s FCA, Grant Patrick from Passion City Church delivered a message entitle “The Advantage of Authority.” We tend to dislike all authority because we want to have control over our own life. We make our own ideal version of God by only keeping the parts we like because we don’t want Christianity to cost us anything. So what do we do when our wants and the commands of God are different?
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Matthew 16: 24-26
Out of the cross, we got Jesus’ life. In response to that, He must get our life - our FULL life, not just the parts that we are easily willing to give Him.
1. Our trust in Jesus is measured by what you do at the intersection between your wants and His commands.
One must bow, and He loves us too much for it to be Him. He already has a perfect plan for our life if we simply follow His commands. The goal of living a Christian life is step-by-step obedience. Obviously nobody is perfect and has that all figured out, but the question is: do we have the longing?
2. Jesus is intentional, but He is not customizable.
At some point everyone goes shopping for God. We take what we want: forgiveness, grace, mercy, love. If that is our version of God, then we created our God, and if we created our God, then it isn’t the God we read about in scripture. When we don’t accept God in His entirety, then we can’t experience the fullness of God.
3. Authority is what all of our hearts want, yet it is what we spend all of our time resisting. We all want something to hold us stable when our world shakes. Authority gives us peace. The heart of the person in authority changes our mentality from “having” to be under it to “getting” to be under it.
By letting Him guide us in the right direction in all of life’s intersections, He will be our ultimate destination, and we should rejoice in that.