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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 9, 2013 - Authority With Responsibility

By Dave Kidd

One of the most important lessons in life, as well as one of the hardest to learn, is that there is no separating authority and responsibility. We struggle to draw the distinction between them while recognizing their deep connection. It's easy to desire the authority to make decisions while shunning the responsibility of the outcomes.

Is this struggle natural? Of course it is. All to often, we see a disconnect in this area in our society. In the home, we want the authority of a husband or wife without the responsibility of a husband or wife. In the workplace, we want the authority of the boss without the responsibility of the boss. In the church, we want the authority of the pastor but not the responsibility of the pastor.

"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly" (Romans 12:6-8, NLT).

Authority is one of the gifts given by the Holy Spirit. Exercising and using that gift wisely and generously is our responsibility. Authority and responsibility cannot be separated.

If we are to wield the authority, we must accept the responsibility. But when we do so with the guidance and power of the Spirit, we can be a blessing to others rather than a burden.

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (Assemblies of God) in Minerva, Ohio. Dave and Robin Kidd minister widely as marriage counselors and seminar leaders.

 

 

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