“I [Apostle Paul] am writing this to you now in the hope that I won’t need to scold and punish when I come; for I want to use the Lord’s authority that he has given me, not to punish you but to make you strong.” 2 Corinthians 13:10
This morning I stumbled over the word “authority” when I read it in 2 Corinthians. I can understand the Lord’s authority over his creation, including human beings, but to give it to someone else to “lord” over someone else, is hard to take. To help me understand, I referred to the authority in Webster: “A person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field …”
In the past, when I’ve conducted conferences for professional church secretaries and other groups, I was selected because I had knowledge of being a church secretary and had written three meditation books for church support staff, but I considered myself a peer with perhaps a little more experience than some and less than others. God gave me the ability to write material for church secretaries and the gift for gab to enlighten and encourage them. That’s what he gave Paul, too.
It has been my pleasure to be God’s servant in working with church support staff, but I have retired from this ministry and I will wait for the Lord to give me my next assignment.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me the authority to act as someone who has enough knowledge to perform ministry. Amen.