POWER—MIRAGE OR REALITY?
Secular power is a reality, not a mirage, but spiritual power proves to be an ever-receding mirage unless it is sought on God’s terms.
The psalmist asserts that power belongs to God, and we can readily accept this affirmation as he is the Sovereign God, the Creator and Preserver of the universe.
However, in His infinite wisdom he has seen fit to place certain power in the hands of men. Civil authority derives its power from God, whether or not the agent of that power recognizes its source.
But in the realm of spiritual endeavor, power is an elusive factor until and unless its divine source is tapped and we become channels through which God himself acts.
Who of us engaged in Christian work has not had the humiliating experience of expending time, energy, and every available human resource on some particular activity only to know within our hearts that the effort has failed?
For the carrying on of Christian work there are a number of assets that are very valuable, provided they are combined with the power by which alone they may be implemented. But in none of them does power reside of itself.
Orthodoxy as faithfulness to revealed truth is a vital part of the Christian witness. But it must never be confused with spiritual power. Something else is necessary.
Organization is important as the Lord’s work ought always to be carried out decently and in order. But neither the size nor the type of ecclesiastical organization guarantees success in the work of God’s kingdom.
Programs occupy a necessary part in the work of the Church, even though the very burden of multiplied schedules for Christian work may carry the seeds of their own failure. There are programs which may excel, and there are others woefully deficient ...1
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