Devotion – Luke 20

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S – One day as he was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came and said to him, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?”

Luke 20:1–2 CSB

O – Two simple questions with a lot of weight behind them:

The first question dealt with the kind of authority Jesus was using. Was He a prophet, a priest, or a king? No doubt the words doing these things referred to His cleansing the temple. The second question dealt with who was backing Him. Did Jesus believe that He was acting on His own or was He acting for some group?

Jesus responded with a question. He asked them about the authority behind John’s baptism. So Jesus therefore refused to tell … by what authority He had cleansed the temple. The implication was that He was doing His work with the same authority—God in heaven—by which John the Baptist baptized

 John A. Martin, “Luke,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures

A – What authority or role do I walk in my daily actions?  Who do I represent in those actions?  I want to answer both with God as the center.  Just like I am still my father’s son today, I am God’s child in all that I do.  I don’t take that off to do a certain task.  I need to do my very best in my relationship with Him, Kristin, my family, as a leader to the GFC staff and to our church.

R – Lord, help me to do this today.