The pursuit of power is funny because all of man’s effort to seek power and exercise it are always chasing an illusion. Power gives us this idea of freedom because we think it grants us control. If you can control people or systems, you have power, or so one would think. But in reality, you don’t actually have power, what you do have is the opposite of power.
To be in bondage simply means to be controlled by something or someone else. And to those that think they are in control exercising power, they are ultimately being controlled by fears or lusts that are at the root of their desire for power. Those include fear of failure, fear of looking weak, fear of the unknown, or lusts for pleasure, lusts to be revered, lusts of all sorts that require a form of “power” to acquire these lusts or conquer such fears.
If we don’t have power, then who does? GOD! Power belongs to God and God alone. And for us to operate in any real power, is to submit to God and rely on His power to achieve or accomplish. That means our power comes in the form of submission and humility and power gained through any other means is bondage in disguise.
It is an easy thing to fall in to the trap of thinking you have power whether it be in your job, your marriage, or at church, so guard your heart and remind yourself regularly that ALL power belongs to God.
Pastor Jason Witt