Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Power. The Oxford English Dictionary says that this is the ability to do something or act in a particular way. The ability to influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Gaining power can be a dominating motivator. Every day, we witness men and women striving for power, in every area of society, public and private.

A clear expression about the seductive appeal of power came from John Acton, a respected British editor, historian, and professor. Born on this day in 1834, Acton once commented, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

This statement is quoted frequently when we observe the lives of politicians, business leaders, athletes, and entertainers. Those who seem to be selfless can become selfish. People who start out compassionate can become egocentric. Those with pure motives can drift into corruption. And the innocent can get caught up in the quest for control.

Many people yearn for power. They crave the adrenalin rush that comes from making decisions about their own lives, and the lives of others. They seek power on their jobs, and spend their energies accumulating ways to influence others.

As history reminds us, there are countless examples of people who receive the power they crave, but find their lives corrupted along the way.

God’s power is different. His power is given to those who are humble and submit their lives to Him. It is reserved for those who seek Him, who have faith, and seek to serve Him.

Today, ask God to reveal more of the power He has available. Humble yourself before Him. And seek to be filled with His Spirit that more of His power might flow through you. Let Him use you to change lives.