I was recently marveling at the phrase Jesus uttered when he said “all authority has been given to me in heaven and in earth”. I’m sure his disciples were saying inside of themselves, “right on Jesus, let’s go kick some Roman…,” uh, you get the picture. Later on Jesus actually comes out and speaks plainly about it comparing his authority to Gentile authority. The Gentiles want to “Lord it over you” but Jesus idea was: “whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” It’s funny how Matthew doesn’t write a response to this. He was probably looking over at Peter with that “what did he just say?” look on his face.
It’s too bad the IC took on the Gentile model of authority. It appears to have poisoned people’s perspective of their heavenly father as well. They’re expecting, or looking for their heavenly father to “lord it over them”. This happens regarding faith waiting for God to pay attention to them to heal them, or to punish them for some misdeed of conscience. Either way, it totally bypasses the whole reality of Jesus coming to earth not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. That’s found in truly engaging people in relationship. When you’re filled with father’s love, you’re filled with his authority to serve. And this is no small act of service.