Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Position Equals Power

“Don’t let it go to your head.” A few did.

I’ve witnessed eleven United States presidents assume office. Some displayed conceit while others served humbly. One was assassinated and a few others almost were. Power corrupted a couple, and most sported gray hair when leaving office. But all had agendas which if elected they promised to enact.

President is the most powerful position, but even this office is limited by checks and balances. Congress passes laws, the president can veto them, Congress can override his veto, and the Supreme Court can declare them unconstitutional.

Since position normally determines power, we jockey for the most important ones: CEO, supervisor, manager, pope, priest, councilman, congressman, elder, teacher, principal, author, sports idol, etc. Some handle authority well while other let it go to their head.

God’s Word advocates a different position: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Humility is not devaluing ourselves but formulating an accurate assessment. When connected to Christ, we are forgiven of our sins and promoted to saint. Power comes with the position, but it’s not a self inflicted victory wound. We’re advanced by Christ’s blood and healed by his stripes.

Recognizing Christ’s responsibility for our position grows humility and prompts reevaluation of others. People are precious; as is forgiveness. God gives us the authority and command to intervene in other’s lives and empower them to excel. What are you waiting for?

Prayer:  Lord, remind us we are nothing without You but have enormous power in You. Empower us to enable others to rise to Your occasions.

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