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The Power Paradox

MEDITATION:

Written by Richard J. Foster, a contemporary author and founder of Renovare. This is an excerpt from his book, “Money, Sex, and Power.”

Power is a genuine paradox to believers. We love it and we hate it. We despise its evil and appreciate its good. We would like to do without it, but we know it is part and parcel of human life. Our ambivalence about power is resolved in the vow of service. Jesus picked up a basin and a towel and, in doing so, redefined the meaning and function of power. “If I then, our Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you (John 13:14-15). In the everlasting kingdom of Christ, low is high, down is up, weak is strong, service is power. Do you sincerely want to engage in the ministry of power? Do you want to be a leader who is a blessing to people? Do you honestly want to be used of God to heal human hurts? Then learn to be last of all and servant of all (Mark 9:35). The ministry of power functions through the ministry of the towel.

PRAYER:

Written by Alicia Bruxvoort, a contemporary writer and speaker.

Give me a servant’s heart, O Lord; A soul that longs for you, A spirit that daily seeks your will, And strength to follow through. Give me ears to listen To the cries that go unheard, A mouth that speaks in kindness And proclaims your perfect word. Give me eyes to see the things That grieve your only Son And hands that reach out for the lost Until your work is done. Give me legs that carry me Swiftly through the race, And when I’m finished let me leave Footprints marked with grace.

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