The Mission: Week 3 - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

Jesus, you were brought here to Earth as a man and God gave you authority over everything here.  Thank you for what you did for us when you were here.

                                                                                                                                                         

Read: Matthew 28:18 (NIV)                                                                              

18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”

Reflect:

Jesus is equal with the Father.  We have to believe he has the power.  Some men or women in power abuse this authority.  As long as I have been alive, I have noticed that not everyone knows how to handle power.  Have you had a wonderful boss?  And then there was “that boss”!  As we look back in history, it is very evident that “power-hungry” people did not fare well.  I am a team player and it takes a lot for me to get angry.  But, there are those that abuse their authority.  The older you get the more you understand this unspoken rule.  Women in the Bible, and today, feel abused at times by power.  Thank goodness for a black woman named Rosa Parks who stood up and started the movement for African-Americans to not sit at the back of the bus.  Why were people of a different color lesser than others?  I know that’s a loaded question, but really think about it…  We know for a fact Jesus was of darker skin.  Women and men pay dearly to tan their skin.  People are all equal in God’s eyes, no matter their power or skin color.

Apply:

Mediate on the idea that Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are one.  They are the authority over our lives.  Think about how you can reach out to others that are not like you.  It will enrich your life.

 

 Closing Prayer:

Thank you, Jesus, for who you are.  Praise your Holy name, forgive me for the miss-use of power that I may have exhibited in the past.  I know you are the one in charge.

Terry Schneider