Only Takes a Word
Yesterday morning was fairly typical as mornings go. Everybody was getting ready for school and making their way to the car to leave with my wife. It’s been an adjustment returning to school, but so far, no major complications.
My daughter had gone out to the car first and since she has three brothers she has learned to mess with them like they mess with her. She thought it would be funny to lock her brother out.
My son tried and failed to get into the car on His own. Sweet talk, threats–nothing was working so he returned to me in my office.
“Dad, Alicia locked the car and won’t let me in,” he said in the sing-songy way that kids do when they’re telling on someone else.
“You tell her that Dad said to unlock the door right now.”
He left and that was it. She opened the door and let him in.
It made me think about the authority that my name carries in my family. My daughter–whether out of respect or fear or both–opened the doors just by my son using my words and name.
I remember the story of the centurion with a sick servant in Matthew 8. He knew that Jesus’ word had the same authority as His presence, and Jesus applauded his faith and healed the servant.
We have the same Holy Spirt that was upon Jesus. He even told us we’d do greater works if we believed in Him. The same authority of the Father He walked in is available to us.
Now, I don’t want you to misunderstand what I’m about to say because I do love God’s presence. I love when He comes to abide with His people as we worship and seek Him. But as a dad, I would not like if my kids only wanted me to show up when there was a dispute or something wrong. I don’t mind, but I’d much rather play and laugh and love on them. Especially if I’ve given them my statement on a matter, they don’t need me there unless something/someone won’t allow it to happen.
I wonder if God isn’t sometimes wondering why we don’t appropriate His word more often. We get so preoccupied with or distraught about Him ‘showing up’ (or not) in a situation that we miss the reality that His word carries the same authority as His presence.
Some Christians only want God to show up in those times someone is sick or there’s a dispute or a conflict. He wants us to know His heart and go ahead and use our faith in His word to change the atmosphere, to deal with the enemies we find ourselves facing.
My kids sometimes try to use “dad said” when I didn’t say, but it’s interesting because it doesn’t work. They all know whether I would have said that or not so they respond accordingly.
I think some Christians have operated that way too and been disappointed when they didn’t see the results they wanted. To wield the word properly (it is the ‘sword of the Spirit’ after all), we need to know His heart. He offers us the mind of Christ.
What are your thought on this? Do you think that sometimes people are waiting on God to show up when He’s ready for us to use our authority given by His word?