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Monday, September 20, 2010

Do You Have Any Power?

“Do you have any power?” It’s a question that’s often asked by greedy or ambitious people, wanting to know whose coat tails they can ride to reach new heights of success. An interesting article was published this past week in US NEWS that gave seven ways young professionals can gain ground in their careers through power. Unfortunately, some of the tips resemble many problems we see in the Lord’s church today. Here are just a few of them:

1) Gain power through What You Know (Have you ever seen those members who always want to “impress” others with how many verses they can quote, or remind people how many books they have at home which they probably haven’t read? It’s great to have deep Biblical insights, but it loses its greatness when it’s flaunted for others to see. Remember what Paul told the Corinthian church, who thought they were as smart as they could be? “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Remember, what you know doesn’t even compare with what God knows!)

2) Gain power through Who You Know (Ok, so you have a lot of friends! That’s wonderful! But are those friends more important than any other members in the Lord’s church? The first century church really struggled with this issue. Books such as Galatians and Romans show us the hierarchy system which was created between Jews and Gentiles. Your brothers and sisters in Christ won’t give you any power, and having an exclusive relationship with them won’t strengthen your resume with God. In God’s eyes, everyone is viewed the same. Learn to see as God sees!)

3) Gain power through Position (Some members love to “rub elbows” with the Elders and Ministers because they are people of “authority.” Even though the Elders might have the “authority” to watch over the affairs of the church, they still bow their heads and knees to the authority of Almighty God! And Preachers might be in the “spotlight” to deliver the sermons, but they are still members of the “Priesthood of ALL believers.” “Authority” is found in Christ Jesus!)

You see, as servants of God yearning for His grace, the only “power” we should strive to attain is the power that’s found in the blood of Jesus Christ, and the power that’s found in the Holy Spirit! Do you have these powers? Trust me, it’s ALL the “power” you need!