Read John 18.33-37
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18.36a)
Tom was a man who had been married three times. He professed adherence to Scriptural standards and claimed to be a Christian. But when I met with him I saw clearly one fatal flaw. He understood his role as “head of the household,” and “master of his wife,” to mean he could exercise power in whatever way he chose. To do whatever seemed right in his own eyes. This perversion of Scripture could have been corrected if he had looked more closely at the way Jesus exercised leadership — as a servant leader who gave his life for the good of his beloved.
The power of God in Christ is different than the powers of the world. It is not power that intimidates others into submission. It is not power that pushes people around, abuses privileges, establishes itself and then feeds off others. The power of God in Christ does not seek to overpower us. It is the power to serve, to inspire, to love. This power gives us strength. builds us up. It is empowering.