Note: This is a day late because I was traveling yesterday.
John 18:38-19:16; 2 Chronicles 29; Psalm 85
We’ve all walked past those yards. The second you get within 10 feet of the yard until you are past the yard by 10 feet you are meet with constant, incessant barking. I don’t speak barklish, but I have no doubt that the dog turns around and brags to any other dogs nearby about how hard they worked to protect their yard from the intruder.
Self-important people provide a lot of hilarity as you watch them strut and preen. I don’t think most people realized how funny Pilate looked when he said, “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” (John 19:10) I have to admit that I get a good laugh every time I read this. But I have the benefit of history and the knowledge of the resurrection. Pilate spoke with the authority of the Roman government which ruled the earth at the time. He couldn’t have realized the power that Jesus actually had. So perhaps I should be a little easier on Pilate for this gaffe.
How often do I imitate Pilate, though? No, I don’t mean by sending Jesus off to be crucified. How often do I set out to do some work for God and my attitude, if not my words, tells God that I think I can do things on my own. “Sit back and watch me, God! I can do this by myself.” Jesus set Pilate straight by reminding him that he had no power other than what was given to him by God. We should remember those words as well.
As followers of Christ we have great power to change the world for the better. God has given us that power so that we can. When we seek to work without depending on God or when we decide that we have done enough and that it’s time to sit back and rest on our laurels we deny this power that God gives freely. When we do the work that God has called us to do, in His time and under His power we can accomplish great things for the glory of God.
Lord God – You have the power. You empower us to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and meet the needs of the poor. For these needs and so many more, grant us Your power to do even more.