When it comes to leading well in life we must use our power and authority in the best and most appropriate ways. It is wrong to think that to be a leader is to be someone who can yield power and authority however we want.
Being a leader is more than being in charge. It is knowing when to do and say the right thing at the right time.
The right use of power and authority can change our world and the world of those around us.
The story of the Centurion in Luke 7 demonstrates this…
The Centurion never actually met Jesus. People loved him so much they spoke to Jesus on his behalf. He didn’t ask them to so why do this for him? Possibly because he treated them well as friends, he led himself and others in the right way. He had a powerful position but he did not use this to his advantage.
This was a more about who he was rather than what he was.
He understood authority and power and how when people with both use them well then those things you desire to be done, will be done.
This recognition of how power and authority work were a enough for him. Just say the word. It was a sign of great faith. He never sees Jesus. He just knows that Jesus has power and authority which used in the right way is enough to bring the change that he desires.
My prayer is that I would have the same faith-filled confidence in Jesus. To know without doubt that all it takes is a power-filled word from Jesus to change my world and to know this same power and authority is now in me, enabling me to bring change to others on Jesus’ behalf.
How do you feel about that?