“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” (Mark 11:28)
While in the army, my husband supervised the mess hall. Gene took his job seriously and won the respect of most everyone, including the commanding officers he served under. Being an enlisted serviceman, he had to follow the orders of his superiors. However in his kitchen, Gene was the one in charge and even the commissioned officers followed his rules, which included serving the enlisted men and women first. The commissioned officers had to wait, no questions asked. On one occasion, an officer entered the mess hall before everyone else and took a glass of ice water. Gene stopped him and ordered him out of the building. Of course that didn’t go down well with the officer. He took Gene to the commander. Big mistake! The next day that arrogant officer found himself on a plane heading home. He had learned an important lesson—don’t mess with the Mess Daddy. Gene may not have had a higher rank out in the field, but the commanding officer had given him complete authority in the dining facility. And Gene had no problems exercising that authority.
Jesus had no problems exercising His authority while on earth …
Tomorrow, we’ll ponder the Gift of Prayer. Prepare by reading and meditation on Matthew 26:36-46.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks