Power for a Purpose

When i worked as a personal trainer 11 years ago i came across a rare species of people called gym junkies. Gym junkies workout as a way of life not just to keep fit and healthy. They define themselves by their physical condition – how big, strong & defined their muscles are. If you asked them whether they played a sport or worked in a job that required all of that muscle, they would generally respond with “No, i just love the feeling of being strong in my body”.

Since becoming a leader in the church over the last 9 years i’ve discovered another group of species called spiritual junkies. These are people whose whole Christianity is defined by their latest personal spiritual experience. They’re addicted to the feeling of spiritual power gorge through their spiritual muscles and if you ask them when was the last time they shared your faith with someone, or they gave some money to the disadvantaged in the community or the hungry overseas, they generally wouldn’t be able to tell you.

One of the key things we must guard against is valuing the experience of power over the purpose for which God’s power has been given. Too many of us have minimised God’s power to a personal experience rather than stewarding it as a personal responsibility. As the movie Spiderman says, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

In Isaiah 61:1 it says “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor and to bind up the broken hearted.” Jesus quoted this in the temple and finished it by saying, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”. Jesus understood as the messiah that he had been anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit but he also knew that there was a purpose for the power he’d received.

The purpose of power is the restoration of broken people. The gospel is not exclusive but inclusive and God’s heart is for those who are oppressed and broken and marginalised. Why? Because Isaiah 61:7 says that God loves justice. What are you doing with the power, wealth, talents and opportunities that God has given to you? You’ve received power for a purpose, let’s make sure we direct this power to the purpose for which God has given it to us.

I would be interested to hear your feedback on my thoughts.

Lead the Change!

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