Putting It Together - Day 1

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, lead me in the Word today.  Speak to me and help me listen. You have ultimate power and we praise you for it!  Thank you for showing us how to use whatever power you have given us. Amen. 

 

Read: Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Reflect: 

Power is a funny thing.  Parenting power, business power, political power, perceived power or other kinds of power can tempt one to abuse it for self-serving reasons.  I’m not sure what it is, but I think we feel a little like God or at least a god.  That someone or something must do what we say seems to be a drug for us sometimes.  And in this way, we are like the Gentiles of the day described in the passage in Matthew. 

And yet this is the exact opposite of what God intends us to do with power.  Jesus, the son of the living God, with all the power in the universe uses only hints of His power while here on earth.  And what does he use it on?  To bless others!  The greatest man to ever live truly practices what he preaches.  Jesus became a servant to mankind only to use his power in the greatest blessing he could give us, freedom from sin and eternal life with Him in heaven! 

 

Apply: 

What power do you have? Do you have power over a project or people at work?  Do you have power over your kids?  Do you have power in your volunteering or leading in the community or at Pathway?  Reflect on the power you have and where you use it.  Challenge yourself to identify the ways you have used it to serve yourself.  Ask God for forgiveness in abusing your power.  Challenge yourself to identify ways you have used your power to serve others.  Thank God for setting the example of how to use power and his words to us in using it.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord, you hold the only true power in the world. You hold all the power in the universe and yet you used it to send your Son to serve mankind.  Thank you, Lord!  What a joy and challenge it is to use the power you have given me to serve others.  Amen.

Terry Schneider