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Jan 26 2018

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Pew Leaflet 28 January 2018

REFLECTIONS FOR THIS SUNDAY:

Power or at least authority is something many want, but when used wrong, can destroy those whom we are called to lead. Jesus did not use his incomparable authority the way we humans tend to use our little sprigs of authority. Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, wrote Shakespeare. For many humans, authority becomes merely a means of enriching oneself, of getting one’s own way, of suppressing the truth, and of getting and holding the power to keep doing those things. Witness the parade of totalitarian regimes, corporate executive, government and ecclesiastical scandals, tyrannical parents, bosses, teachers, government officials and the like. Not so with Jesus. He has all the authority there is, yet He uses it entirely differently from the way many people would. Jesus uses authority to serve, not to be served. And that is how He wants us to use whatever authority we might have. Whether our authority is at home, at work, or somewhere else, He wants us to use it to help others, not to make ourselves into big shots. What a difference it makes when the authority we’re subject to is a blessing instead of a curse. “When the wicked rule, the people groan,” says Proverbs 29:2. It is when authority is used to help, not to overpower, that those under it can rejoice.

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