Authority is at the heart of what it means to walk by faith. However, this subject tends to make us nervous or uncomfortable, especially as Americans, since we have a very strong leaning toward independence. Of course, independence is an important thing, but so is being able to submit to the charge of another person at the proper time.
I have to admit that I, Bobby Schuller, have always been an anti-authority figure. I remember my poor French teacher in high school; when I had to pick a name to use in class, I chose Flotsam from The Little Mermaid because it was the only French-sounding word I could think of. My teacher explained to me that flotsam means fish, and I basically said that I didn’t care what it meant, I was going to keep that name. Unfortunately, the more dry and authoritarian this teacher got, the more rebellious I got. Not that I’m proud of it, but that was just my nature, so learning about authority and submission in the Kingdom of God was a challenge for me, just like it may be for you.
No matter how uncomfortable you are with the concept, walking by faith means that you live in submission to the authority of Scripture and to the authority of the covenant God made with you. It requires that you first submit to Jesus and allow Him to be the Lord of all of your life — body, mind and spirit — and that you then exercise the authority He has given to you. Since you are Christ’s ambassador to the world, you can walk in His power — it’s both an honor and a responsibility, but it’s the most world-changing, life-giving thing you can do!