Blogger’s Note: I love the Olympics!! I’m sure you do too! I love the Olympics but they have messed up my daily devotions. I cannot say up to Midnight or 1am and then get up for my time with the Lord (5:30amish)… For me devos start the night before. I heard Wayne say yesterday that you must CHOOSE the better part (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus is the best of all, for sure… but I still like the Olympics! Can anyone relate?
Here’s what I got this morning…
“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.
From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
Power and authority is pretty interesting. There is a great amount of façade with it… and yet many who have such position wrestle with pride. They come to view themselves in the light of their position and consider themselves more highly than they really are.
Pilate had position and authority, and he said that he had the power to crucify or free Jesus. This proved false because of two things: Where his power ultimately came from and due to those whom he led.
- Jesus said that Pilate’s power over Him came from God. Pilate would not trump God.
- The Jews under Pilate’s rule applied such intense political pressure that although Pilate tried to free Jesus (vs. 12), he wan unable to.
With power and authority must come humility and good leadership. Position cannot sustain a person’s influence alone. There must be humility in understanding that positions of authority and influence are a stewardship from the Ultimate Authority, God Almighty. There’s a problem when people try to take His glory! Along with humility there must be good leadership. Some people may not have position, but they do have influence, especially collectively! A person who has been given the stewardship of authority and influence must do well to lead the people lovingly, showing them honest concern for their well being.
As for me, I have room to grow in both of these aspects. God has called me to lead and He has blessed me with some influence in His Kingdom – but it’s all from Him. I must also lead and love well, never taking for granted the love and loyalty of those I am leading.
Lord Jesus, grant me the calmness you had while standing before Pilate. Give to me the assurance that you clearly had in the moment, knowing who You are and what You were doing. May You lead others through me today is my prayer.