Power—Power! Where’s the Power?

13 Aug
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At the end of the day the picture of the babe Jesus held in his arms, as he taught to his disciples, (Mark 10:15-16) is the one which most astonishes me.[1] No one shall enter God’s Kingdom until he receives it as a child—as the babe Jesus held in his arms! How are we able to conquer the world—to wage war against the kingdom of evil—with the strength of a babe? Are we not sent into the world to preach the Gospel to the nations? Where’s that power to come from? Certainly Jesus couldn’t mean the Gospel goes out into the world without any power whatsoever. Well, no, he doesn’t mean that, but what does he mean?

Jesus tells us that all power in heaven and earth is given to him (Matthew 28:18). “Therefore…” (Matthew 28:19-20). The power we possess to preach the Gospel is dependent upon the power Jesus says he has! We don’t possess that power, and we cannot find it in the world. The power is found in Jesus alone, and he distributes it to us, as we obey him. The Kingdom of God is not dependent upon my wealth or my power or my influence. I am not empowered to spread the Gospel by any of these things. Power to spread the Gospel comes from Jesus, and **only** Jesus. As I allowed myself to think about this—really think about its meaning, I sought in vain to come up with a scripture where God used someone’s influence, money or powerful position to spread the Gospel. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find the Gospel dependent upon any of these things—not even remotely so!

Why, then, do we have such people like TV evangelists asking for money to spread the Gospel? Money brings wealth, and wealth brings power and power is very influential. Yet, I may be wrong, but I’ve never seen, nor have I ever heard of a babe having any of these. Am I taking things too far? I almost hope I am, because then I could see the logic that I must have power. I must have wealth, and I must have influence to preach the Gospel—that would make sense in my world—I could see that, hear it, touch it, taste it or smell it. It is not being able to see, hear, touch, taste, or smell power and wealth to preach the Gospel in order to influence people that scares me. According to Matthew 28:18-20, I am sent out into the world with nothing! That’s not logical. That’s frightening! That’s FAITH!

The One who became Jesus became a babe (Philippians 2:6-7). He had nothing! He had no wealth, no power and certainly no influence in his birth. His parents had to take him and flee their homeland. so he didn’t fall prey to Herod’s cruel effort to snuff out his newborn life (Matthew 2:7, 16). Jesus’ power didn’t come from this world. Rather he received his power (Philippians 2:9-10) as a result of his embracing humility (Philippians 2:8)! By accepting his weakness, Jesus came to power. Paul understood this only after praying for power over his weakness and was refused (2Corinthians 12:7-9). Paul’s success in reaching the nations with the Gospel came not from his own power, nor wealth and neither did he have any worldly influence. All of Paul’s power came from the Lord. It was because he obeyed the Lord, humbling himself, living after the manner in which he saw in Jesus’ story that Paul was empowered to reach the nations with the Gospel.

What would happen, I wonder, if we turned our eyes away from the wealth, power and methods of influence in our modern world, and what if we became more impressed with obedience—humbly embracing our weaknesses so that the power of Jesus could be seen in our efforts to touch the nations for God. It sounds ‘crazy’, I know! But what if…


[1] As I said HERE, this current theme about the person of Jesus is based upon the book: The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin. They are my thoughts about his book. He may or may not agree with the impression his book has made upon me, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading what Gayle wrote and recommend his book to anyone who is looking for a good read about Jesus.

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