The Power Struggle

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

Readings for March 21, 2021; Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:(32-34) 35-45

Jesus…said, “You know that those who are regarded as 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 slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

Have you ever met a powerful or prestigious person: perhaps an employer or boss or famous person? If so, how did they treat you? What qualities did they exhibit? Did they lord their power over you? Did they build themselves up by making you feel inferior? Did they believe their time was more precious than yours, and that anything you had to say was irrelevant and an inconvenience? I hope this was not the case for you. But perhaps you have met someone who displayed these traits even though they did not hold a prestigious or powerful position. Maybe they were simply a regular person, like you and I, who thought they were powerful and prestigious and wished to hold such power over others.  It is these types of behaviour that Jesus is warning the disciples, and us, against in today’s passage.

Although it is our human nature to enjoy power and, for so many, to let that power go to our heads, as if it qualifies us to treat others as lesser people than ourselves, it is not how God desires us to use the power he blesses us with. In fact, the more ‘power’ we are given over others, the more God-given responsibility we have to care for those people. Power is no longer viewed as an opportunity to display the almighty, powerful ‘Me’. But it is the holy responsibility of nurturing, encouraging, and building up all those who are under your care, in order that they too may fulfill in themselves their own stewardship and abilities.

Therefore, no matter what duties and responsibilities you have and the level of power you have while fulfilling those responsibilities, consider yourself a servant  to all those whom God has given you. Then be aware that God may entrust even more to your care, as he sees fit. “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:29) Therefore, let go of the power struggle and be a servant leader in the name of Jesus, the ultimate Servant Leader.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be a servant leader to those for whom I am responsible. Help me to love, nurture, teach, and guide them to be the best they can be for your purpose. Remind me always that Jesus, my Lord and King, did not come to be served, but displayed his ultimate servitude when he gave up his life on my behalf, and then conquered sin, death, and the power of the devil, so that I too may walk in the same victory to life eternal.  Thank you!  In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

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