POWERFUL

Do we really know what the word “power” means?

Sometimes, I wonder if we are so conditioned by shows of weakness that we’ve begun to call moderate strength or even mediocrity, “power.” It seems that those exercising true Spirit-enabled power are often culturally interpreted as arrogant or brash.

Could it be that a weak church culture is feeding that misconception?
Could it be that we are teaching the world that “Christian” = “weak”? Yes, Jesus is humble. Yes, those who follow Jesus will demonstrate real humility.

But…

Jesus is also powerful & those who follow Him will demonstrate His power! Have you read the book of Acts?
Humility & power are NOT mutually exclusive!

Real humility isn’t about projecting a negative or neutral self-image; it’s not about talking yourself down whenever someone gives you a compliment.

As C.S. Lewis so wisely said:

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

So Go ahead, be powerful, think of Jesus more, follow His mission harder, see like He saw, do what He did, & think of what your friends will think WAY less.

Don’t worry, living a powerful life won’t lead you to deny truth, rather you will find yourself discovering greater truth.

Look in the mirror & see someone who is powerfully compassionate, someone who tells the truth even when no one wants to hear it, someone who is powerfully joyful even in the face of painful tragedy. Look in the mirror & see someone so controlled by the Spirit of Christ that he looks a lot like Jesus! Yes, you’ll likely lose yourself in the process, but isn’t it all about Him anyway?

Don’t be afraid to be powerful!

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Comments

  1. Jessi E.

    I have been thinking a lot about the power that is available to us all through prayer. I think the more we pray in God’s will, the more power is accessible to us.

  2. “Humility and power are not mutually exclusive!” Amen!

    You reminded me of one of my favorite song lyrics (says the songwriter 🙂 ) which I’ll quote:

    There’s a power in poverty that breaks principalities and brings the authorities down to their knees
    There’s a brewing frustration, an endless temptation, to fight for control by some manipulation
    But the God of the kingdoms and God of the nations
    The God of creation sent this revelation
    Through the homeless and penniless Jesus the Son
    The poor will inherit the Kingdom to come…

    Where will we turn when our world falls apart, and all of the treasures we’ve stored in our hearts can’t buy the Kingdom of God?
    Who will we praise when we’ve praised all our lives men who build kingdoms and men who build fame… but Heaven does not know their names?
    What will we fear when all that remains is God on His throne with a child in his arms and love in his eyes
    And the sound of His heart cries?

    – Jason Upton

    Humility is power.
    His death brought life.

    Jesus came and turned everything upside down. The things we think of as “weaknesses” in our world are power in his Kingdom. To repent is to rethink our ideologies and to see things the way He sees them (which he gives us the ability to do). We have a tendency to confine Jesus to who he is in our minds, but he is way bigger than that box. Because he is powerful, we are powerful. Power isn’t something we exert by our own efforts, but something he gives to us through his saving grace. As the commenter above me said “I think the more we pray in God’s will, the more power is accessible to us.” I agree 100%.

    Glad you visited my blog and left a comment, because it led me to yours. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’m adding your site to my blogroll!

    • Hey Selwa,
      Thanks for stopping by, I really like the lyrics that you posted. A lot of the heart of what I’m trying to “get at” is expressed well in those words.

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