A Word to the Power Hungry

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If there is one thing every human being on the planet wants, it’s power.  We want to be in control of what’s going on.  If we are totally honest, we all want to rule the word.  If we don’t want to rule the whole world, we at least want to be in control of what happens in ours.

Power.

We want power over people.  Whether it’s a dictator seeking to control the lives of the general populace, or simply parents trying to control the behavior of their children, we want to be able to control what others do. 

Power.

We even want power over God.  Just think of how many books have been written over the last century telling us how to get our prayers answered.  We want to be able to tell God what He should do and have Him comply.  Sound about right?

To a world that is hungering and craving for power, King Jesus offers some very interesting words…

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Need a Hug?

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Have you observed one of the following scenarios?

  • A classmate sitting across the room who looks like they can barely hold it together?
  • A lady in church standing with her face buried in her hands during the song service?
  • The person sitting all by themselves in the mall who looks like they would dissolve into a puddle if someone were to ask them if everything was okay?

Sometimes when I see those people, I feel like someone (maybe me) should go up to them and ask, “Do you need a hug?”  We all do from time to time.  To all those who are hurting, Jesus Christ offers a very comforting word.

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Running On Empty?

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Feel like you have tried everything and nothing seems to work?  Feel like you have given life your best shot only to receive nothing back from your investment?  Do you feel like you are all tapped out and running on empty with nothing to give to anyone or anything?  O, happy man!  You may actually be in the best place you can possibly be!

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Does It Matter?

To hear some people tell it, because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:21) our behaviour doesn’t really matter.  The thinking is that because our salvation is based on the work of Christ, there is nothing we can say or do to mess it up.  Because Christ is the end of the Law for right-standing with God (Romans 10:4) we are pretty much free to conduct life as we see fit.  All that matters is that we believe in Jesus.  But is that true?

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To Study or to Obey?

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“Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways.  Jesus knows only one possibility:  simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it.  That is the only way to hear his word.  He does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal; he really means us to get on with it.”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1]

Powerful words.  Words to meditate on.  Words that will help us learn to live in the Reign.

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[1] Quoted in the opening of Salt and Light by Eberhard Arnold (e-book).  Farmington, Plough Publishing House, 2007.