Curbs are made for walking sometimes encountering folks who are rudely in a hurry or leisurely walk or “waddle”. Intersections are where the action is, and things often get dangerous. If the traffic lights are not working properly or you are at a concert or bigtime sports event, a cop is called on to sort things out. You ever stop and think about what gives the cop authority? 1st, he/she has a badge of authority. 2nd, he/she is backed up by the judicial system who enforce payment or imprisonment based on the harshness of a crime.
Pam and I went to a event in the American Airline Center located downtown Dallas. There was an intersection just outside of the AAC that got totally out of control. On the curb, a cop stood watching, even though he had the authority to “get off the curb and into the intersection”. He had authority but did nothing. His lack of effort was worthless and frustrating to those of who needed to cross the street. Then, I noticed a cop on another corner who saw that the 1st cop doing absolutely nothing. All of sudden, this sharply dressed cop blew his whistle which produced a crisp, high volume, shrill sound that got everyone’s attention on the curb and in vehicles. Then, he marched out onto the center of the intersection powerfully taking control. Very quickly, what was bedlam, was in order.
What happened?! This 2nd cop recognized his authority. As a result, he had the associated power to control the intersection and exercised it. If a pedestrian had tried to enter the intersection in his own power, he would have been crushed…no authority nor power.
Good soldiers like good cops understand authority and the power that it can generate. Let’s take a look at an example of this. Matthew 8, “5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled…13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.” A Centurion who had 100 soldiers under him understood the association between authority and power. He recognized who Jesus was and comprehended that a word from His mouth had the power to heal, muzzle demons, and move mountains. This soldier simply asked Jesus, “only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” He recognized the authority of Jesus.
We don’t exercise the power of Jesus because we don’t recognize His authority. Matthew 28:18 declares, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Then, He commissioned us to “go and make disciples”. Is this religious gobbledy-gook…just superfluous words? Absolutely, not!
Recognize who Jesus is and get off the curbs and into the intersections of life allowing God to use you powerfully!