Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Presence of Authority

My wife and I frequent a neighborhood restaurant about 2 to 3 times each month. While we loved the food and the diner-like atmosphere, there were times when the service could have been a little better and there were errors made on some take-out orders more often than we would have preferred. Not long after this, within the past month, our visits to the restaurant were quite a different experience! There was now a new authority present--a man in a suit who worked for the restaurant and appeared to be a District Manager. The service at the restaurant immediately improved and there were now several requests for drink refills and frequent follow-ups. The food was hot and tasty just as before, but the mistakes with our orders have virtually disappeared. I never saw such heightened attention from the staff there prior to his arrival. In today's competitive environment, a restaurant has to be better than just good to maintain a following...it has to be great. The presence of the District Manager brought a needed sense of authority that made our dining experiences much more pleasurable, and elevated the restaurant to be great. When we truly look at authority for what it is, we fall in line and do whatever is necessary out of respect for the authority figure. There is likely a consequence if you are moving contrary to authority. Whether we realize it or not, God's Word declares that God is the authority in our lives. We have a choice to follow God in our lives or dismiss Him. In dismissing Him, however, note that His authority does not change. Even with His authority, He is not an authoritarian. He let's you make your life choices because He gives each of us a free will. He loves each of us and wants us to have a relationship with Him. It is still, however, our choice if we want a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ gives us salvation and the gift of eternal life when we trust in Him as Lord and Savior (John 14:6). God's Word, the Holy Bible, is available for our review, study and reflection, but always remember that God's authority does not change just because one chooses not to believe in Him. It's better to believe and trust in Him and see how His authority is truly for your good. "Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy the man (or woman) who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)." Copyright © Melvin Gaines. For more content, please see melvingaines.com and melvingaines.blogspot.com.

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