Power—since the dawn of time, this word, transformed into tangible ideas, has been of great enticement to mankind; some individuals desire it with a sick and horrific fervor. Some others simply desire power over their own lives. The thirst for power is sometimes relatively unapparent, but every man seeks it in some form.
Think of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve—the first sinners. In the center of the Garden of Eden rested a tree; the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. These two were instructed by God Himself not to eat of the fruit of this tree—not even to touch it or death would become an awakened reality. However, the great Deceiver, in the form of a serpent, spoke to Eve and told her “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4b-5) These words were enough to make Eve abandon the instruction that God had given her—she ate of the tree with the promise that she would be like God…with the knowledge of good and evil. The first sin ever committed was the result of a lust for power—to be like God.
Corruption begins when man tries to take things into his own hands. We are formed by the hands of the Creator—He gave us minds, hearts, souls…everything we need to exist. Yet, we constantly rebel. Man has taken advantage of his supposed power in some of the most disgusting and excruciatingly intrusive ways imaginable. We have given ourselves the delusive authority to make life and take it. We have created new sources of “happiness” aside from the Savior which result in complete dissatisfaction. In many ways, we’ve even taken others’ lives into our own hands; forcing our rules, stereotypes, and definitions in their faces.
Human nature gives man an elaborate illusion of power—it’s just real enough to create drastic catastrophes when we let it carry us away in its black tar-like mass. It clings to us with a vigor so intense that we simply can’t dispose of it. The only thing that can deliver us from the black hole that sucks us deeper and deeper into its vain sympathies and solutions is the Origin of sinless man—the Creator and Deliverer, Christ Jesus—Upholder of the Universe and Defender of Hope. He is the only One who can hold true power and reap from it beauty beyond defeat rather than destruction beyond earthly repair.
Even now, after giving my heart, soul, and mind to my Father, I still struggle in my flesh with a lust for power—typically over simple affairs of my life. Daily, I must die to my own flesh and pray earnestly to my Savior “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42) Jesus was faced with death—the will of His Father was that He should die for the wretched of the earth; that He would give His life willingly and lovingly to those who took it, and in turn offer them the choice of eternal life in Heaven by His side. This wasn’t easy for Jesus…He was filled with utter agony—He pleaded with His father to let this cup pass from Him, but still…He spoke the immortal words “Not my will, but Thine, be done.”
The insecurity that we have in a will not of ourselves is the birthplace of our desperate view of personal power. We must learn to follow Jesus’ example by accepting God’s will. Only in that power will we be truly rewarded and feel real, vivid change for good in our lives. The earth is on a steady decline of morals, dignity, mutual respect, and most of all, recognition of the One who brought it all to existence. To cope with the tumbling world, man panics and buries himself in the false security of self-dependency; unfortunately, this is just taking him deeper and deeper into the abyss of confusion and darkness that he has created to be his cage of fate.
We have two choices—will you take the hand of illusive power and ultimately be crushed, or will you take the hand of surrender and live with the promise of a perfect plan? You can’t hold onto both. Make the beast that is our flesh cower in the light of our beautiful Lord. Stare directly into its weak and shifting eyes and with the power of God, let go.