This past Sunday we talked about the power God has granted each of us. We all have power just by the positions we hold as parents, employees, college grads, rank, and a host of other titles. With each title comes power and the responsibility to use that power wisely.
Jesus had all kinds of opportunities to grab political power. Instead he chose to grab the sinner. He exercised his power to serve others.
I don’t think the greatest attribute to God is his use of power. I believe it is his restraint of power. The disciples had a hard time understanding Jesus on this truth. All the disciples looked to Jesus to gain political power. They wanted him to ram right through all the stop signs.
Here in Coastal Virginia you come to a stop at a stop when you see a stop sign at the intersection. Not so in other areas of the country. When you come to a stop sign you slow down but you don’t stop, you just roll on through. If another car comes to the intersection at the same time well then you now know what bumpers are for!
You don’t stop at the intersection because you don’t want to lose your momentum. You don’t want to give up your position. You don’t want to give up your power. Many of us are still struggling with surrendering our power to God.
Sovereign power is a term that does appear in scripture, but not all that often. Where does this idea come from; that one of God’s greatest attributes is his power? It actually comes from Plato who lived a couple of hundred years before Christ lived! He said God has an urgency behind everything that happens. And yet, when God came to earth he came as a powerless infant. He displayed his power not on a throne, but on a cross. He continues to work through his body, the church, which many decry as weak and irrelevant in our culture today.
In application for the Christian life Paul put Christ’s example this way, “I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, I am strong.” 1 Corinthians 12:10
Why is Paul able to claim this attitude? The answer comes from Christ himself, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 1 Corinthians 12:8