Hi again…sorry..I need to blog all this stuff before I forget it!
I was interested in a couple of things that Major Chick Yuill said in his Bible studies. I can’t remember exactly how he got round to it (and I didn’t buy the CD) but he said something interesting about power and the church.
He commented that the church was never intended to have a position of power. When the church is given a position of power it is more often than not abused. Look at the example of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican church, Church of Scotland etc etc. The aim of the church, when it is given power, it to maintain and hold onto that power. I see that a lot in our village.
Anyway, Chick says that we should be influential rather than powerful. Salt influences all that it touches, it doesn’t control it. Light illuminates its subject and brings understanding, it doesn’t possess it. Thats a good thought.
There are too many in the church looking for power, and when they get it, they become obsessed by keeping it.
Let us be like Jesus who considered equality with God something not to be grasped but who took the nature of a servant. But God raised him to a position that no-one could ever give him on earth because of his servitude (cf Philippians 2).
There is a great danger in being yoked unevenly. In relationships, in organisation, in business, in everything. Let us be yoked to Christ alone…let us carry the death of Jesus around in our bodies (cf 2 Cor 4) so that our light might shine out of earthen vessels that Jesus may be eminent in his body..not our seeking after power.
So..thanks for that Chick. Lets seek to be influential, not powerful.