Growing up as a child in the 90’s the word “power” had great influence over me and my generation. Even today in the 2000’s the idea of power is prevalent. Think about some of the songs of that time:
- “The Power” by SNAP!
- “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
- “Ninja Rap” by Vanilla Ice
- “That Power” by Will.i.am
- “Power” by Kanye West
Or consider one of my favorite taglines during this time period:
“I have the power of Grayskull!”
Anywhere you look the idea of “power” is there. It seems as if we are attracted to the very word as if it is a light and we are a moth. Power is a word that we need to be aware of in our culture because well, it’s powerful. Book titles, TV shows, movies all try to incorporate the word “power” or the experience that power can grant someone. In this new year, power is something that can be a blessing or a curse to ourselves and our loved ones. It can take control over us or it can pave the way for change.
This morning as I was reading from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers I stumbled over the following quote:
It is not on what we spend the greatest amount of time that molds us the most, but whatever exerts the most power over us.
This struck me like a knife to the heart. I am prone to think that whatever I give my time to, that is what is most important to me in life. Chambers gives the impression that whatever exerts or pushes us has the most power over us. This made me think; what has power over me? I would like to give the holy answer of “Jesus” but I don’t think that is always the case. As a pastor watching over the church has power over me. Keeping my family safe, nourished and clothed has power over me. Making sure I have spent enough time with God so that I have the right words to say on Sunday even has power over me. What has power over you?
The vast majority of our lives will be spend working and sleeping. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) people who are employed, between ages 25 and 54 with kids spend their time during an average work day:
If you use their math, 16.5 hours of each day is given to work and sleep. So it is important to identify what controls us during our “free time.” When we are willing to take an honest look at our lives and see what controls us, this opens the door to change. We can sit down take an inventory of our time and how we spend it and most likely not like what we see.
This past week I preached on the idea of doing all things for God. If we want to take 2014 and make something of it we need to identify if He has the power or if something else does. The Bible encourages us:
So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory. 1 Cor. 10:31 (CEB)
This passage should sum up our lives. Now, I realize this is a board passage and doesn’t give us insight in to how to do this but at least it gives us a goal. If we can look into our lives and remove the things that aren’t God glorifying we will gain time each day. If we intentionally act to glorify God, we will give our lives a since of purpose. Whatever has power over us, if it isn’t the love of Christ we are cheating ourselves out of something grand.
By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces. 2 Peter 1:3-4 (CEB)
This year, as explore what you want your life to look like consider turning the power over to God. His promise to us is clear, the more we seek Him the more He gives us. If you allow Christ to become your power source this year prepare for the best year of your life. Stick with Him. Depend on Him. And know He will pull you through. God bless you and I apologize to those who are now singing “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion.