Archive for August 7th, 2021

Ministry of Power


Written by Richard Foster, a contemporary theologian and author. This is excerpted from his book “Money, Sex, and Power.”

Power touches us all. We cannot get away from it even if we wanted to. All human relationships involve the use of power. Therefore, rather than seek to run from it or to deny that we use it, we would do well to discover the Christian meaning of power and learn how to use it for the good of others. All who follow Christ are called to the “ministry of power.” … When Martin Luther King, Jr., stood firm against America’s racism, millions were set free. When teachers unlock the joy of discovery in the minds of students, they are using the power of their position to liberate. When an older brother uses his superior status to build the self-esteem of younger siblings, he is using power to set them free. When the old destructive habit patterns of depression or fear are transformed by the power of God, the result is liberation….Of all people, spiritual people know the dangers of power. The temptations to abuse are everywhere. Yet we must not back away. Christ calls us to the ministry of power. He will give us the compassion and humility to fulfill our ministry. George Fox wrote, “Let all nations hear the word by sound or writing. Spare no place, spare not tongue nor pen; but be obedient to the Lord God and go through the work and be valiant for the Truth upon earth.” It is Christ who calls us; he will also empower us.  


Written by Miles McPherson, a contemporary pastor, motivational speaker, and former NFL football player. He is the pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego

Lord, I ask that You empower me to live a life based on truth, not fear. Fill my heart with Your courage so I can move past fear and begin to love others like You do. Please show me when I’m operating out of fear so I can choose courageous honor instead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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