An Observation by “Bruce”, Christian Minister
Some might find “Power Ministries” an ironic name for a ministry that serves those who are handicapped; some virtually powerless when measured from the perspective of our power-loving culture.
Our culture exalts physical power, political power, financial power. We admire the power of a man over a woman (and vice versa), we search for power over illnesses, work for the power over nature, and dream of the power someday over death itself. We drive powerful cars pumping out power music while gulping down the remainder of our power drinks after our power lunches.
Weakness we scorn. Yet weakness is also very powerful. If you’ve ever worked with someone who is “handicapped”, you know how strong an attraction they can be to us. Their weakness, their vulnerability, allows us to open our hearts because they do not threaten us. We can lower our defenses, receive their gentle, accepting love and return it knowing that it will be received without judgment.
Add to this the presence of Christ and you have a combination of love and weakness that can be the most powerful thing in the world. In a truly spiritual community, it is not power, but weakness that allows for and deepens relationships. The folks served by Power Ministries remind us of that. They teach us a dependence on Christ that leads to the strength to shed the world’s shallow, grasping, temporary, and decaying veneer of power to go deeper into Christ…into each other.
One of the best-known (& most powerful?) apostles exalted in his weakness, not his strength: “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses…in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 2:9-10) What better endorsement of weakness for the sake of true power can there be?
True power…power to lose self for the sake of others. Power to even lose the need to know that we are losing ourselves. Power to overcome evil with love. Power to overcome death with faith. Power to let go of what keeps us from being powerful for Christ’s sake.
Oh Lord, let us be weak, so that we can be strong!