Under The Authority Of

We are under the authority of someone or something.

We may think we are not–especially the devout libertarians among us.

But we serve something or someone. We may think it is ourselves. But…

We can choose, or we can just drift according to the whim of our emotions or the influence of our peer group.

The Kingdom of God is near us, Jesus said.

Some people stumbled thinking Jesus to be the regent king of a geo located kingdom–say, Judea.

Jesus really seemed to be saying something like, The kingdom is here just not equally distributed. (Apologies to William Gibson.)

We can choose to live under the the authority or dominion of God. In other words living according to God’s will, trying to live up to the wisdom teaching of Jesus.

Or, we can choose to drift along at the whim of our emotions. Or choose some other leader–Jesus suggested the other alternative as money, or stuff, wealth. And certainly we publicize and worship (often from afar) wealth.

Living under the authority of God, we do those acts of kindness and grace I’ve been discussing. We reap the fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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