Power Struggles

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

There is power in every place.  The only question is whose power and what kind of power.  In Acts 4:5-12, the religious leaders ask the power question to Peter and John:  “By what power or what name did you do this?” (4:7).  Maybe they have asked this question because they confused the power of their own positions in the religious establishment with the power of God, and therefore, rejected the possibility of God’s power working in ways that they cannot understand or control.  We all have that problem.  We become suspicious when the Spirit of God apparently moves in a manner that goes beyond our frameworks of understanding.  But the story of Acts is a story of how the Spirit of God cannot be domesticated and that the power of the Spirit takes us beyond human capacities.  How open are we for the movement of the Spirit in and around us?

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