Daily Devotional (7-20-21)

Daily Devotional (7-20-21)

This is the Day…Tuesday
July 20, 2021


The Power


“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)


As the youngest of four boys, I learned very quickly that I did not have much control over my day-to-day activities with my brothers. I also learned that the larger the age gap between me and a brother, the less power I had. While the next to youngest brother was willing to exist almost as an equal to me in most situations, my oldest brother was convinced he was the master and ruler of my life. The nine years between us made him the superior power in his mind. When he told me to do something, I was to jump or there would be harsh consequences. As I think back to that sibling dynamic, I am convinced that Mom saw how I was being treated and sought ways to occasionally level the playing field.

One solution Mom instituted was, “Little Brother Day.” Every few months, on a day of Mom’s choosing, all the sibling power would be transferred to me, the little brother! On that day, usually a Saturday, I chose what games we played and where we went and what we ate. I was the boss and when I told my oldest brother to do something, he was to jump or face harsh consequences. I have to admit that I took advantage of that day and was pretty rough on my oldest brother. While I knew the next day would be worse than ever for me as he sought retribution, it was still worth it to have a day of power.

The power that I enjoyed on Little Brother Day was not really my power. It was power from Mom through me. And the power my oldest brother wielded was not his either. He may have thought it was, but actually it was only power that Mom allowed him to have. The same is true in our Spiritual lives. Our power is not our own. Any power that we have is power that has been imparted to us by the Spirit.

We can have the tendency to abuse that power by thinking that it comes from our own strength. But the Scriptures clearly tell us that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” As we are willing to submit to God’s power in us the Spirit is able to do amazing things in our lives.

My oldest brother abused his power as an elder child. But I also abused my power that was imparted to me by Mom and nothing good was accomplished either way. You have power, together with all of God’s holy people to offer goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and love to those around you. It is not your power. It is God’s power. On this day God has given you, allow the power of God to work through you.