Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Power in humility

Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:7-9

It brings a leader to his knees when he recognizes his calling, purpose, authority, and position were given to him by God. Yes, power in the hands of a humble heart has the potential for extreme good. The possibilities for spiritual revival, medical aid, political integrity, nutritional support, durable homes, orphan care, disability help and widow ministry are endless when the most powerful leverage their power for the powerless. Goodness governs for the good of the whole.

Like Solomon, one must ask am I transparent in my need for God’s wisdom? Do I see myself as a “little child” dependent on my Lord for direction in all things? Power is not a pedestal to stand on, a partition to hide behind or a prod to drive people. Humble power is an opportunity to serve those at their point of need, so they can be everything God has called them to be. Thus, we seek the Lord for a discerning heart that can help us and friends distinguish between right and wrong.

How does our Lord want us to use our position of influence for the good of the whole? How do we express to the Lord our need for wisdom and discernment? Indeed, our humility is a magnet for respect. Those you influence admire your integrity and want to emulate your values into their everyday life. Stay on your knees and they will follow you with their feet.
If ingested into your soul, power can be a poison that kills off relations with God and man. However, as you give away power it loses its allure and control. Humility is kryptonite for the deadly powers of power. It softens your heart and sobers your mind. Humble power does not take itself too seriously. Humility gives you confidence in Christ, but pride gives you confidence in yourself. Remember God gives you opportunities to use your humble power for His glory.
Rev. Todd A. Brown, Pastor
First Baptist of Chesterbrook
1740 Kirby Rd.  Mclean Va. 22101
Worship with us Sundays at 9:45am
Vision:" Disciples Making a Kingdom Impact"

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