18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We do not lead out of power, but out of calling and responsibility. Therefore, it is not by power, but under his authority we are called and given responsibility and are equipped to act upon that responsibility by God through the Spirit and by His agency, the church.
Don’t try to lead from a position of power. Instead lead from the responsibility of the call and under the authority of God. Jesus had power but chose to excise that power with great restraint. This is what we understand meekness to be. Meekness is not the lack of power, but power under restraint.
Jesus’ Kingdom did not look like the power of the world. This Kingdom would not come the same way other kingdoms did by both seeking and wielding power. Jesus tells Pilate my Kingdom is not of this world, if it were so we would be fighting just like the other earthly kingdoms.
Often when Jesus teaches in public the scripture makes note that Jesus spoke, “as one with authority.” The questions about Jesus’ teachings are to do with his authority rather than power. The religious elite and power brokers want to know under what authority did Jesus have the right to speak these things and interpret the scriptures this way? It was not under the authority of tradition that many of them taught and understood God, but under the authority of His Father.
In seeking to live and lead like Jesus we must not pursue a posture of power but a walk of servanthood. We should not grasp for power that we do not have, but work under the one with true authority, God. Giving God glory, demonstrating His power not our own, and responding to God’s authority. Our actions then are not a power play, but a powerful display of God’s dominion and power in the world today.
It is our freedom to respond under God’s authority. Not our need to promote or perpetuate power. When we move under God’s authority the world becomes different, because we are different.
We are powerless in our own right, rather we demonstrate God’s power and as we live under God’s authority. Let’s make a difference in the world by how we serve not by what or who we believe we have power over. We are all under the authority of God, to make disciples and change with world.