But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
Kings have risen and they have fallen. An aspiring king often found a way to have the reigning king killed. Nations were conquered by neighboring nations to gain additional power. There was, and still is, always someone trying to wrest power away from someone else.
The desire for power over our fellow men and women is not limited to nations. Our sinful nature results in it rearing its ugly head all around us at all levels, even on the school grounds as bullies try to intimidate classmates.
Jesus came to offer a new kind of power; a power to be His witnesses through all the earth. This is not a power over our fellow men and women, but the power to bring the message of love and redemption to them. Jesus came to turn the world upside down; to undo the damage satan did in the garden. Yes, He has given us power; the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work He has assigned us.
Lord, help us to resist the urge to acquire earthly power. Empower us with Your Holy Spirit to spread the life-giving message of Your love and redemption to a hurting world. Amen.