Power from below


“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

The disciples were embroiled in a ego-battle over who would have the highest seat in heaven. The mother of James and John started it by requesting a place at the right hand and the left hand of Jesus for her sons, but as soon as the others found out, it turned into a sort of free for all. Jesus finally put a stop to this nonsense by putting the whole discussion at an entirely different level. He did this often. That is what you quickly discover when you study the red letters; Jesus brought a new perspective to just about everything.

Jesus remarked how in the world, rulers and leaders lord it over their people and flaunt their authority over those under them. It’s the use and abuse of power He is talking about. 

For over 30 years, Christians in America have been enamored with power, especially political power. The thought has been that the closer we got to the White House, the more influence we could have on the culture. The end result of all this effort was to reduce Christianity to a couple political planks in a party’s platform. We used the world’s systems to try and further the kingdom of God, but lost track of the red letters of Jesus.

Jesus said that if you want too lead, you don’t use systems that rely on a hierarchy of power from high places, you get down on your hands and knees and serve. Power in the kingdom of God comes from coming under and lifting people up, not ushering edicts from on high. Changing a couple laws or rewriting the constitution is not going to change anyone’s heart. Hearts are changed through the gospel and the gospel comes by way of serving others. 

If you want to make a big change in the world, ask God where and who He wants you to serve.

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4 Responses to Power from below

  1. Greg Krejci says:


  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Absolutely love this truth: “…what you quickly discover when you study the red letters; Jesus brought a new perspective to just about everything.”

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    You totally nailed it John. Especially the last 2 paragraphs.

  4. Sandie says:

    You can’t legislate morality – only God can change a heart. Which is not to say that believers shouldn’t support anything or anyone that espouses the truth. And Christians HAVE NOT cornered the market on truth – God works through anything or anyone He pleases…I’m thinking of a donkey…remember Balaam? (Did I spell that correctly?)
    We have a job to do; a harvest to reap; lost sheep to lead gently home – those are considered lowly jobs – but in His Kingdom they may be the most important. Remember, your mission field could well begin under your own roof – it certainly begins as you walk out your front door!

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