Western society is all about #1: me. Rampant individualism is the name of the game today in society and all too often in religion. But is life all about me? What is God’s purpose for me in Christ?
Jesus built His church, His body (Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:18). Great! What is the church supposed to do? What are the collective responsibilities of the churches of Christ?
And when [Jesus] was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority?” (Matthew 21:23).
The chief priests and elders did not their questions of Jesus in sincerity; nevertheless, the questions themselves are most valid. Society may seek to neglect the question, but if we want to live faithfully before God, we must grapple with the question: by what authority do we think, feel, speak, and act as we do? And who gave us this authority?