Hi everyone. Happy New Year. Rob here.
2021 arrived with the hope that it would herald a new beginning after the turbulence and upheaval that 2020 brought us. Then we had the storming of the Capitol building in Washington D.C, another impeachment, a continued rise in Covid cases and deaths and new strains that make the virus even more contagious than before. It takes more than a change of date for change to come. The world is and will remain a place where the battle for light over darkness, love over hate, peace over war, faith over fear and freedom over oppression is constantly played out. Every day we are asked to take a stand and choose our side. The kingdom of God asks for our allegiance and commitment to align ourselves with Jesus’ prayer:
Your kingdom come, your will be done.
On earth as in heaven.
If our ultimate allegiance is to God, his kingdom and his will then we need to be careful about who and what we commit to. The storming of the Capitol was a disturbing event carried out by people who believed that their actions demonstrated loyalty to the President, the flag and maybe even God. But when God came to earth he never stormed the capital; he rode in on a donkey’s colt. He didn’t lead a mob but he was condemned by one. He didn’t threaten figures of authority; he surrendered to them. He didn’t commit acts of violence but he was killed by one. When he rose from the dead he showed that he always wielded ultimate power but he used his power to conquer death, not to conquer earthly kingdoms. When we commit allegiance to God, his kingdom and his will then we need to realise that we are committing ourselves to God’s way of wielding power. That is, our power is to be given away for the sake of others. This is so that God’s power can be used in us for God’s purposes.
So as we start 2021 we are invited, once again, to give ourselves, our egos, our agendas, our hopes and our dreams over to God, his kingdom and his will in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s power in us helps us to give away our power so that we can be trusted with his.
God is love and he will never use his power for any purpose that sits outside of his love. His power is surrendered to his love and his love is the ultimate expression of his power. He created in power out of love. He powerfully saves us because of love. He conquered death because of love and the cross is now a symbol of power because of love. It is a symbol that reminds us that ultimate power paid the ultimate price because of ultimate love.
The American President has been working very hard to hold on to political power and found a number of loyal foot soldiers to help him achieve that goal. The fact that he has failed is good news. It provides the opportunity for everyone to rethink their relationship with power. Power can only be trusted to those who are able to give it away. If you need power you can’t be trusted with it. If you don’t or can’t use power in order to serve others you can’t be trusted with it. Only the love of God working in us and through us can make us capable of wielding power wisely. How are you using your power? Does the love of God need to bring transformation there? May it be so.
May 2021 be a year in which you act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Grace and peace.