John 18:38-19:16; 2 Chronicles 29; Psalm 85
The TV series “Undercover Boss” has an interesting idea. The head of a company, or someone high up, is taken on as an employee and he or she then goes through the processes that a regular employee goes through. This not only gives the boss a unique perspective on the company, he or she also gets an interesting perspective on those who have been given a little authority in the company. It is an interesting idea, even if it’s not original. Pilate sought to find ways to free Jesus from the false charges of the Jewish leaders and reminded Jesus of his power. “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?’ Jesus answered, ‘You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.’” (John 19:10-11) Pilate didn’t realize that, to use the modern concept, Jesus was really the “Undercover Boss.” The power that Pilate thought he had over life and death really didn’t exist. Jesus reminded him that whatever power Pilate thought he had was given to him from God. It’s a lesson that political leaders today would do well to learn. It’s a lesson that religious leaders would do well to learn also. In fact, so many of us wield whatever “power” we think we have as human beings as if it was our right and it was our due. In reality, God alone has power. As followers of Christ, our job is not to engage in power plays that increase our personal “power.” We are to seek God and be so closely aligned with Him that people see His power at work in our lives. Our power for daily living comes not by might, nor by strength, but through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.
Lord, I am powerless without You. Give me grace to seek Your guidance every day. When people look at me, let them see Your Power flowing through me.