Devotional Thought

Addicted to Power

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. If this is true, why do people crave power? Why do we see those in power abuse it and those who do not have power struggle against those who do?

Power appeals to our inner self. We may laugh at the poster found in some offices, but wouldn’t mind if it applied to us:
                             Rule #1:  The boss is always right.
                             Rule #2:  If you disagree with the boss, see rule #1

Unfortunately, our inner self has a way of being selfish. It is easy to crave power and neglect people. No wonder there is abuse in the home, corruption in government, violence in the streets, and fraud in business.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Power can be good. Turn on the light switch in a dark room, and you’ll see it. Press the accelerator on your car, and you’ll feel it.

God always used his power for our benefit. That is most easily seen in his mighty gift of salvation for us. He defeated the hosts of hell and won the victory of life for us.

“At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:18-20).

Let’s talk about the real Higher Power, and how he wishes to bless us through his love.

Pastor R.