27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
What I sense God is saying is there is no middle ground when it comes to Jesus as my authority. Even if I choose to say, “I don’t know for sure,” I am still making a choice to limit Jesus’ authority in my life even If I plead ignorance. We do so because of fear.
In this New Year, I specifically sense God asking me to trust Him in doing these things, such as healing, prophetic words, and challenging my own leaders to step into the authority God has given them to do these things as well. I will know when I actually am praying for people to be healed and actually asking my leaders to do the same. Amen
Sean Blomquist, Pastor
Shelter Covenant Church – Concord