In my whole life up to this date, I have not been involved in a riot incident. I can’t imagine also what to do if I’ll be part of it. The only times I see riots happen is when I watch news at a television. Common things I observed from a riot is that a mob of people would rally in the streets, raising up placards saying against the government, and eventually would be stopped by a group of police waiting in a particular yet secured area. By definition, a mob is a group of people (usually large number of people) having an intent to cause disorder, trouble or violence. The police are there to secure safety and protection of the city and its civilians. When the mob is stopped and they won’t allow to be stopped, then riots happen. Violence displayed.
But, what amazes me is that, even though the police is smaller in number compare to the mob, the police usually wins and outlasts the mob. And why is this so? Here are my few observations:
the mob responds only from a common cause of uprising (disliked the gov’t decision); the police responds to the call of duty
the mob doesn’t have the discipline to listen to an authority, they are their own authority; unlike them, the police are disciplined to listen to a chain of command
the mob has the manpower but lacks training; the police has the firepower and the training of skills to enforce
You see, two significant factors cause a major difference between the mob and the police: authority and training.
Before Jesus Christ ascended to the heaven, He left His disciples with these last words of instruction: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-19). Jesus’ last words are very important to His disciples because it tells them that they were under His authority and they needed to do something for a mission.
The disciples of Christ were a small group of people that we can say that they are already “a mob.” A lot of government authorities wanted to stop them in doing their mission: persecuting them, putting them in a prison, and to the extent of sentencing them to death not even considering human rights due process. And yet, the disciples continue to fulfill their mission and history says that they turned the world upside down. They were only few but caused great spiritual revival throughout different nations.
But what can we observe from Christ’s disciples?
They don’t have the manpower but have Christ’s power as they obeyed Him.
They have the right cause because they listen to one sole authority and that is King Jesus.
They went through the discipline of listening to Him throughout the three years of Christ’s ministry here.
They witnessed His power and authority to overcome evil and rule in the hearts of every person. They were trained and empowered by the Holy Spirit. And that because, they humbled, listened and submitted to Christ’s authority.
Jesus had authority to cast out evil spirits, to preach the word, to forgive sins, to control the forces of nature, to raise the dead and to judge. As the resurrected and ascended Lord, He now has all authority on heaven and earth and rules at God’s right hand as King of kings and Lord of lords (Life Application Bible).
A Personal Project: In your life mission, to whose authority are you listening? Are you fighting for something that has a significance? How about a life mission in Christ?