Saturday, November 6, 2010
Power takes on many forms. I have some power over my students, requiring assignments and disciplining with warnings when someone crosses the line. I really dislike the discipline required of me. I wish everyone would simply behave the way they should and let me simply teach and love them with the love of Christ! Of course, often an attempt to steer such students in the right direction will result in resentment and hostility. Understandable. No one appreciates having their short-comings pointed out, especially if they do not agree with the assessment! My calling is to do what is right with as much grace, compassion, respect and honesty possible, and trust God with the fallout. Power can also take on another form: "the work of faith with power" (2 Thes. 1:11). Paul prayed that the people he cared about would have the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of faith. Power to do what is right, rather than what is easy. Power to love people when they are hostile in return. Power to persevere with the Vision sent by God, when all the obstacles seem overwhelming. Power to endure terrible news and the end of one's earthly life, knowing that another life awaits, as Melissa did. Power greater than any earthly position or authority: the power of faith provided by the Holy Spirit. I want that kind of power-- to serve our Lord all the days of my life with power of His love, His truth, and His Spirit. May God give us all the work of faith with power that we may all share in the glory of Jesus Christ. Amen.