Power in Action
Some people abuse power, but far more people withhold, ignore, or stifle it. As children of God, made in the Trinity’s image, and co-heirs with Christ, we have access to an authority that desperately needs to be exercised.
You don’t have to look far to know that the world is broken and bruised. Evil is echoing around us all the time. But the presence of evil and its intimidating, painful fruit is not a good reason to lay our power aside. The abuse of power shouldn’t serve as our rationale to quit on power altogether.
Jesus used His power to cause flourishing and invite healing. Everywhere Jesus went, people found healing, restoration, and hope. If Jesus had refused to exercise His power, people would have stayed sick, stayed isolated, and stayed in sin.
In Luke, Jesus sent out 72 of His disciples to do His work. In Matthew, He told them to go and make disciples of every nation. In John, He told Peter to build the church. Jesus made a habit of inviting His disciples into His ministry and His work. We see this play out in Acts when the apostles freed people from demons, spread the Gospel in synagogues and on street corners, and baptized thousands. The disciples rode the momentum of Jesus’ power with utter confidence, focusing not on the fear surrounding them, but on the ushering in of God’s Kingdom. The Good News outweighed the bad news, and the bad news couldn't disqualify them from action.
There is suffering when people abuse power, and there is suffering when people entrusted with power fail to use it faithfully. If you’re a believer, you have been entrusted with the power of the Kingdom of God. Practically, you have a voice, resources, time, talent, story, and influence. One small step in the direction of power can change your story and somebody else’s story, too.
Jesus didn’t invite us into His authority so we could lord it over people or dismiss it; He invited us into power so that we, like Him, could cause flourishing and invite healing.
Who is flourishing because you have power?