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Appearance vs. Authority

Hello Friends,

In Galatians 2:6 it says: “As for those who seemed to be important – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearances…”

Did you catch that interesting phrase: “those who seemed….” In other words: they were living a facade. Faking it.

The Apostle Paul is contextually speaking to LEADERS. In Galatia there were important people that set themselves up in the local church as the voice of authority. But they weren’t. They gave the appearance of being so, but they lacked the true authority.

Appearance vs. Authority. In our society, we’ve put a high price upon external appearance. This is a huge mistake because God has made it clear that he doesn’t judge a person by their appearance.

Remember David? He was the last of the boys to be considered for throne. But God had other plans for him. He was to be given the authority and rulership because of anointing. Saul, the King prior to David, was one who “seemed to be important” but lacked authority.

In our BLESSED ARE teaching series on The Sermon on the Mount we read in Matthew 7:28 that “the crowds were amazed at Jesus’ teachings because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law (those that seemed to be important).” Jesus is our greatest example of Authority over Appearance.

My friends, in a time when there is much in the show window and very little in the stock room, can we be believers that don’t aim to “appear important” but rather partner with the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be people of authority.

Oh, and by the way, that authority flows out of submission to Jesus. Authority is granted as we are under it.

Blessings,

John

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